Where does the time go? The Summer seems to be hurtling past and these past few weeks have been really busy and are only set to get busier with children’s classes to run at MAC and a lovely holiday to look forward to.

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So I’m prompted to finish some work I’ve started inspired by my travels earlier in the year and edit and store all my many Amsterdam photos.

A Windmill on a Polder Waterway - Paul Joseph Constantin Gabriel

A Windmill on a Polder Waterway – Paul Joseph Constantin Gabriel

These shots come from the Rijksmuseum which is one of the most beautifully set out buildings for art that I’ve been in.

Portraits of Sir Thomas Gresham and Anne Fernely - Anthonis Mor

Portraits of Sir Thomas Gresham and Anne Fernely – Anthonis Mor

The layout, the wall colour, the space…it all set the pictures off to their very best.

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It had a few ‘rock-star’ pieces like these Vermeer’s (below) which are truly lovely and made all the more so by being quite small in reality; intricately painted and full of emotion.

Woman Reading a Letter - Johannes Vermeer

Woman Reading a Letter – Johannes Vermeer

The Milkmaid - Johannes Vermeer

The Milkmaid – Johannes Vermeer

There were also some other sweet, candid, real-life scenes from painters I’d not heard of.

A Mother's Duty - Pieter de Hooch

They appeal to me for their subject matter – a little like walking past an open door and catching sight of a life being lived in a snapshot moment.

Woman with a Child in a Pantry - Pieter de Hooch

Woman with a Child in a Pantry – Pieter de Hooch

Other paintings appealed for their colour palate – sorry it’s blurry but the colours are gorgeous.

The Calling of St Anthony - Aertgen Claesz

The Calling of St Anthony – Aertgen Claesz

Others caught my attention because of their sense of history – this one is a beautiful composition and the notes on the plaque  explained that a family being painted playing music was symbolic of their harmonious life together.

David Leeuw with his family - Abraham van den Tempel

David Leeuw with his family – Abraham van den Tempel

Finally, when in The Netherlands you’ve got to love a Dutch countryside scene.

Boat with a Pollard Willow - Matthijs Maris

Boat with a Pollard Willow – Matthijs Maris

 

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There are 3 main galleries the guide books suggest you visit.

The Van Gogh museum is a must-see – however long queues outside, big crowds inside, one or two ‘famous’ pieces of his but then bulked out by works by his contemporaries, made the expense of it feel a little bit like it was a money spinner exhibition.

The Stedeliijk museum of Modern Art was alright! Not a massive fan.

The Rijksmuseum was my stand out favourite.

(PS To those people who asked me about this, sorry it took me so long to write about it – you’ve probably had your trips by now and discovered for yourselves!) 

 

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