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Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (Amsterdam State Museum), is a Dutch national museum, located in the capital of the kingdom, and devoted to fine arts, craftsmanship and history of the country. It is the largest museum in the Netherlands in terms of attendance and works of art with more than 2 450 000 visitors in 2014 for a fund of about one million pieces. 10,000 m² of exhibition space.

On November 19, 1798, at the initiative of Alexander Gogel, then Minister of Finance, the decision was made to place Italian works of art, portraits of the Orange family and national heritage rarities in a museum. national, following the example of France. The museum, under the original name of National Kunst-Galerij (National Art Museum), opened in 1800 in the Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague, a building that had been confiscated as well.

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Part of the Rijksmuseum

 In 1806 Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother Louis Bonaparte ascended the throne as King of Holland, and the institution was renamed the Koninklijk Museum (« Royal Museum »). In 1808, Louis Bonaparte moved the museum to Amsterdam where, from 1809, it was housed at the same time as the artistic collection of the city (including La Ronde de nuit) on the upper floor of the Paleis op de Dam.


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A great gallery room at the museum,

a person could spend weeks here and not see it all.

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Cannon of the Admiralty of Amsterdam – 1615.

Company of Captain Dirck Jacobsz Rosecrans and Lieutenant Pauw Cornelis Ketel in the background.

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The Merry Family, by Jan Havicksz – 1668.

This boisterous family is making lots of noise: the father sings at the top of his lungs, the mother and grandmother join in. The children are part of the annoyances.

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Topers, by Jan Pieter van Baurscheit, terracotta – 1700.

This depiction of two topers is a symbol of gluttony. The sculpture impresses upon the public the notion that indulging in excessive drink undermines the work ethic and leads to laziness.

Author of 5 photos: Dennis Jarvis (Thanks Dennis) . Source: flickr

Title image source: flickr / Christian van Elve


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