If you like art, you go to the Rijksmuseum while in Amsterdam.
We do, so we did! The museum is smaller than some we were at in France -- which was a very good thing! It was also filled with many beautiful works including the famous "Night Watch" by Rembrandt.
The Vermeers were my favorite. One of the nicest displays went through the procedure of restoration. They would follow one work of art from the museum, explaining the process on well-designed panels with good information.
Each display revealed in photos and words some of the processes involved in authenticating, cleaning and restoring great works of art.
At the end of the display was the real painting.
I also have a soft spot in my heart for this one. Years ago, my mother did a needlepoint of it, and it's one of the things I have from her that I treasure.
It probably wouldn't surprise anyone who knows me well that one of my favorite displays was of the Delftware.
I took several tight shots that I plan to use as collage backgrounds when I finally get around to putting my journal together.
If you click, you'll see all the photos in this post at a large size. You're welcome to use these or others in this post for your own art.
And one more!
There were some lovely decorative pieces.This tray would be a bear to clean but it was stunning on display.
And some favorite artists. Rick loved this Franz Hals. (It has a lute.)
I was very fond of this one...
...and this Rembrandt, too.
And this Warhol of the Queen was fun, too! (I think it was the Queen in her younger days, but to be honest, I'm not sure; I lost those notes!
A Delft coffee pot was lovely and graceful.
All in all, a splendid place to add to itinerary. If you are short on time, as we were, you may need to decide between this and the Van Gogh museum down the street. In some ways, I wish we'd gone to Van Gogh, simply because I love his work so much, but certainly the Rijksmuseum had a broader spectrum of art (and I got to see that Delft and the Vermeers -- and I wouldn't have traded that one for anything!)
1) Get tickets online -- it saves the line!
2) It was crowded while we were there. Check around to see the times that are less busy.