{Netherlands} Typically Dutch

March 6, 2013


They say about buses that there’s none for ages and then two come along at once. It’s a bit like my posts about the Rijksmuseum. The last time I wrote about it was almost 18 months ago, on the day we arrived in Berlin in fact. But a few days ago the latest issue of sisterMAG went live, with my article about the Rijksmuseum’s online digital collection, and here I am writing about the Rijksmuseum again. Or more accurately, about an annexe of the Rijksmuseum.


I’ve been lucky enough to travel quite a lot in my lifetime, and I’ve seen a lot of airports from the inside. And my favourite airport undoubtedly has to be Schiphol in Amsterdam for the friendly staff, gluten free food options, free WiFi and…the airport museum!  For those tired of browsing round the duty free shops, the Rijksmuseum Schiphol, where you are greeting by a larger than life version of Vermeer’s Milkmaid, offers a welcome break. Fair enough, it’s quite small, with room for no more than about two dozen paintings, but it offers an oasis of quiet and serenity within the crazy bustle of the airport, with the added bonus of being surrounded by amazing art.



The last few times I’ve been to the museum, they’ve always had two exhibitions on: a permanent exhibition entitled ‘The Golden Age’, featuring a cross section of works by Dutch Masters from the 17th century, and a temporary exhibition that would change a couple of times a year. But with the Rijksmuseum itself about to re-open next month after extensive refurbishment, the space at Schiphol was dedicated entirely to one exhibition – ‘Typically Dutch’ – offering a foretaste of what the new Rijksmuseum will have to offer, with 21 paintings of Dutch waters, land and cities, as well as Dutch people, family and royalty. There’s also a 1:200 scale model of the Rijksmuseum main building showing an overview of the renovation.


WATER: Ships at Anchor by the Shore by Willem van de Velde II, 1660



LAND: Mills near Rotterdam by Johan Barthold Jongkind, 1857



CITY: Prison Gate and Plaats in The Hague by Pieter Daniel van der Burgh, c.1848



PEOPLE: Close-up of Portrait of Rudolphina de Sturler and her son Richard Leeuwenhart by Cornelis Kruseman, 1829



FAMILY: Close-up of The Housewife by Abraham van Strij, c.1800-1811



ROYALTY: Close-up of Portrait of King Willem III by Pieter de Josselin de Jong, 1887



Scale model of the Rijksmuseum


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