Last weekend I visited the Rijksmuseum with my family. Since the bank I have my account at is one of the sponsors of the Rijksmuseum we were able to visit the museum for free and we figured we couldn’t pass on this opportunity. I visited the museum about 8 years ago when I was in high school, but they were doing a lot of renovations, after 10 years of renovating, the museum was reopened last year so it was about time we visited the museum.
Since we had tickets via our bank we were also able to attend a lecture about the founding of the museum and all the renovations they did, which was very interesting! When I was deciding on what study to follow I was contemplating to study history of arts, but decided not to do so in the end, which I sometimes still regret, especially on days like this.
I was very impressed by some of the renovations they did. Basically when the museum was opened in the current venue, there were a lot of beautiful frescoes throughout the museum, but after about 30 years they already decided to paint everything white! Luckily before they did that, a guy (which name I forgot) had made sketches of all the frescoes.
With renovating the Rijksmuseum they decided the frescoes should go back on the walls. Instead of taking of the 5 (!) layers of white paint, painters used the sketches to repaint the original frescoes on the walls, which obviously took a lot of time! The people at the Rijksmuseum are hoping that in the future the white paint can be removed without damaging the original frescoes.
I mainly liked the paintings in the museum and especially The Night watch, The Milkmaid and The little street of Johannes Vermeer. But, I think from all the paintings I saw this day, my favorite one is Officieren en andere schutters van wijk VIII in Amsterdam onder leiding van kapitein Roelof Bicker en luitenant Jan Michielsz Blaeuw. (yes that is the real name haha). The museum was also showcasing some old dollhouses from the 17th century, they were not to play with but to show off belongings and they were VERY impressive I must admit!
All in all I had a lovely day strolling through the museum & I would very much recommend a visit to the rijksmuseum! 🙂