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Must-See: The Masterpieces Inside RijksMuseum in Amsterdam

When you’re in Netherlands, don’t skip in getting to know all the masterpieces inside Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Boy, until now, I can’t help but remember the goosebumps I had staring at the originals masterpieces of Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer and other Dutch masters.

i amsterdam sign statue in front of RijksMuseum in Amsterdam (Netherlands).

The facade of RijksMuseum in Amsterdam (Netherlands).

How much time should I spend there? I was there two hours before is closed. That’s good enough time to explore the whole museum. But if you’re really an art enthusiast, then, you need a half day to scrutinize everything. 😀

RijksMuseum in Amsterdam (Netherlands).

RijksMuseum in Amsterdam (Netherlands).

I Amsterdam. Then, the next morning, really early, I went back for a solo photo op outside the museum. Due to the crowd of tourists a day before that and as a solo traveler, I never had the chance to pose in front of the city’s name statue: I Amsterdam.

i amsterdam sign statue in front of RijksMuseum in Amsterdam (Netherlands).

i amsterdam sign statue in front of RijksMuseum in Amsterdam (Netherlands).

The Masterpieces Inside RijksMuseum in Amsterdam

Arts of Religious Themes. I’d say that every museum I’ve been to in Europe has arts of religious themes. It’s part of the region’s art, culture and history.

Arts of Religious Themes inside RijksMuseum in Amsterdam (Netherlands).

Arts of Religious Themes inside RijksMuseum in Amsterdam (Netherlands).

The Battle of Waterloo by Jan Willem Pieneman. This painting portrays the end of Napoleon’s rule.

The Battle of Waterloo by Jan Willem Pieneman inside Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

The Battle of Waterloo by Jan Willem Pieneman inside Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

The Singel Bridge at the Paleisstraat in Amsterdam by George Hendrik Brietner. Do you see the woman in the centre of the frame? Well, in the original painting, that woman was portrayed as a maid, which, of course, received unfavourable criticisms. The gallery who represented the artist told him that it is best to make the woman look classy.

The Singel Bridge at the Paleisstraat in Amsterdam by George Hendrik Brietner inside Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam Netherlands

The Singel Bridge at the Paleisstraat in Amsterdam by George Hendrik Brietner inside Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

Self Portrait by Vincent Van Gogh. In order to master a new painting style (impressionism), Vincent tried to do it with self portraits. Why? Because he couldn’t afford a model!

Self Portrait by Vincent Van Gogh inside Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (Netherlands).

Self Portrait by Vincent Van Gogh inside Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (Netherlands).

The Merry Family by Jan Havicksz. Look what these young children are doing?

The Merry Family by Jan Havicksz inside RijksMuseum in Amsterdam (Netherlands).

The Merry Family by Jan Havicksz inside RijksMuseum in Amsterdam (Netherlands).

The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer. Except for the pouring milk, everything else is still.

The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer inside Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (Netherlands).

The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer inside Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (Netherlands).

Night Watch by Rembrandt. This is one of the museum’s most prized possessions. In this painting, Rembrandt used the role of light to effectively convey important details of the story. Can you see the hand in the middle of the painting? It looks like it comes out of the painting itself!

Night Watch by Rembrandt inside Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (Netherlands).

Night Watch by Rembrandt inside Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (Netherlands).

It is believed that the man hiding behind the two watchmen is Rembrandt himself.
Night Watch by Rembrandt inside Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (Netherlands).

Night Watch by Rembrandt inside Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (Netherlands).

Banquet of the Amsterdam Civic Guard in Celebration of the Peace of Münster by Bartholomeus van der Helst. The Spanish and the Dutch decided to make way for peace.

Banquet of the Amsterdam Civic Guard in Celebration of the Peace of Münster by Bartholomeus van der Helst inside Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (Netherlands).

Banquet of the Amsterdam Civic Guard in Celebration of the Peace of Münster by Bartholomeus van der Helst inside Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (Netherlands).

There are many masterpieces to see inside Rijksmuseum and the ones above are just a few of my favourites.

Nearby Attraction. Few steps from the RijksMuseum, you’ll find Van Gogh Museum. Do not ever miss it.

Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam (Netherlands).

Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam (Netherlands).

WHERE TO STAY IN AMSTERDAM

I stayed at Budget Hostel Heart of Amsterdam for four days. It’s right at the center of the Amsterdam’s famous Red Lights District. You can book it through Booking.com.

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