Well, I can cross that of of my bucket-list: I have seen The Nachtwacht. It was my second visit to the Rijks (that is the Rijksmuseum for the close) and this time it was a special occasion. K works on a project for Philips, one of the sponsors of the Rijks and Philips invited their staff for a visit at the current special exhibition. Lucky people!
And so a few weeks ago on a chilly Wednesday-evening K and I drove to Amsterdam to see something special: The Late Rembrandt. The colours, they are absolutely amazing. What I liked most was how Rembrandt had painted jewelry and pearls. Ow, those pretty pearls, you can actually see them shine.
The building itself is worthwhile a visit, it really is. Have a good look at the floor, at all these beautiful mosaics with the Zodiac signs (now guess what sign I am). As this visit was in the evening there were no queues and we had plenty of time to see it all. That is what I like, to walk around in a museum without being pushed aside. Don’t forget to look at the walls and ceiling … When we finished watching the exhibition we had a pleasant surprise: we were allowed to go to the Hall of Fame and there I saw for the first time in my life The Night Watch by Rembrandt and The Milkmaid by Vermeer. I felt humble and honoured, I sure did.
There aren’t many words in this blog post. You just have to look at the pics and enjoy. I took the photos with my mobile so they aren’t very good, sorry about that, but now you have a good excuses to go to the Rijks yourself. Maybe we’ll meet there as I still need to go back some day to see the dolls houses.
PS: I wrote this blog post some weeks ago but kind of forgot to post it …