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I completely forgot to buy my tickets online to the Rijksmuseum. The line was out the door and down the block. One of the friendly and helpful people who works at the museum and gives information about how long it will take to get to the ticket booth informed us that we were going to have to wait about an hour. To wait or not to wait…. Of course I was going to wait! I am an optimist so I decided that the line I would get to the ticket booth much sooner than 1 hour and I was right by about 15 minutes.

I started off with the Special Exhibit called LATE REMBRANDT. It is a collection of Rembrandt’s art that was completed toward the end of his career, 1652 – 1669. This exhibit included 40 paintings, 20 drawings, and 30 prints. The art was on loan from a private collections and international museums.

The first paintings in the exhibit were Rembrandt’s self portraits.  This was is called: Self Portrait at the Age of 63.  He painted this in his last year.  His skin looks pasty and his hair lacks luster.  Rembrandt was known as someone who painted realistically. he rejected the conventions of beauty and ugliness.  He wanted his paintings to be as close to real as possible.

.IMG_1818This painting hangs in the National Gallery in London. Oil on Canvas – 1669

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 6.48.53 PMRembrandt: Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet, Oil on Canvas 1657   What I loved about this portrait is that you can see her character.  Catrina commissioned Rembrandt to paint her portrait.  She was living with her parrrot who can be seen in the painting.  You can tell that she was a Mennonite by her clothing and her cap.  Only people of wealth used handkerchiefs which were a luxury. This photo comes from the Museum of Wales website.  IMG_1825Titus, the Artist’s Son, Etching, printed with surface tone on Japanese paper only slate, c1656, Rijksmuseum.  This shows Rembrandt’s son when he was about 14.  IMG_1829The Sacrifice of Abraham, Etching and Drypoint on Japanese paper, 1655

I always wonder under what conditions private collectors are able to collect such magnificent works of art.

I enjoyed seeing the rest of the collection at the Rjksmuseum. I confess, I missed about 1/3 of what they have. I stayed until the museum closed and will have to return sometime in the near future.  Here are a few more photos of paintings that I liked and was able to photograph.IMG_1834Man and Woman at a Spinning Wheel, Pieter Pietersz (c. 1541-1603) The man in the picture is seducing the young woman.  She has to decide if she will choose the spinning wheel (virtue) or the young man (sin).IMG_1835The Milkmaid, 1658 by Jan Vermeer

IMG_1844The Merry Drinker, c 1628-1680  Oil on Canvas

IMG_1845Portrait of a Couple, Probably Isaac Abrahamsz and Beatrix van der Laen, (C. 1582-1666) This couple is sitting very close to one another.  They were probably painted around their wedding date – April 1622.IMG_1848Wooded Landscape with Merrymakers in a Cart, Meindert Hobbema (c. 1638-1709) Oil on Canvas, 1665.  “The Rijksmuseum is privileged to have acquired the biggest donation of the past fifty years: ‘Wooded Landscape with Merrymakers in a Cart’ (approx. 1665) by the Dutch 17th-century painter Meindert Hobbema. This exceptionally well-preserved landscape is one of the best paintings by Meindert Hobbema, one of the most famous Golden Age landscape painters.” (Quote from the same website)

IMG_1852Portrair of Haesje Jacobsdr van Cleyburg, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, 1634.  She is shown with all her wrinkles and a lovely suggestion of a smile.

IMG_1854A Writer Trimming his Pen, Jan Ekels (1759-1793) Oil on a Panel, 1784.  Ekels studied art in Paris where he learned to appreciate the Dutch masters.  I liked this painting because it looked like he was following in Vermeer’s style.

What is not to like about Amsterdam.  I fell in love with the city:IMG_1862