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A day at the museum

By November 8, 2017 Art, Museums 10 Comments

After a day at the Rejksmuseum, I can only say oh my! Oh my! I am on art overload. I took so many photos that my phone battery started declining rapidly! First, the photo above is just a view from one of the canals I passed on the way.

And I liked this painting, done in about 1560 by Pieter Piterzs, showing a woman with a small spinning wheel:

The curator label said the portrait carries a clear message – as she looks directly at us, she is having to choose between virtue (the spinning wheel) and vice (the suitor with the tankard).

And here is my photo of the very famous painting by Rembrandt, “The Wardens of the Amsterdam Drapers’ Guild” (also known as “The Syndics”), painted in 1662:

The Syndics were elected for a year, to inspect the quality of dyed cloth, comparing the color of each batch to the official samples of each color. Rembrandt portrayed them looking up from their work, as though our arrival had interrupted them. The curator’s label said this was an artistic device to involve the viewer. I heard one of the tour guides also point out that the table they are working at is slightly tipped up, because Rembrandt knew the painting was to be hung high up on the wall in the Drapers’ Guild Hall. Very clever, that Rembrandt! Can one fall in love with an artist that lived five centuries ago? I think, yes.

And I do get the feeling that the portraits of these men gives us a very precise rendering of what they each actually looked like. Just transporting!

One more. Here is a photo of three Dutch fishermans’ knitted caps from the 1600s. Apparently they would be so bundled up during the winter, that each fisherman would wear a distinctively designed cap so they could easily recognise each other. The colors were quite bright, but I could not use my flash, unfortunately:

And one more, a plate that I thought had a scalloped border that was definitely rug-worthy:

That is all from me for today, my head is still so art-spinning, I have to go lay down for a while!


  • Deb Palmer says:

    What a beautiful city, and wonderful museum! Thanks for giving us a visual visit there. I can only imagine how tired you were. Too bad museums don’t have little napping pods for us! Enjoy every minute!

  • Ellen M Gould says:

    I might pick Vice. Love the hats. Lucky you!

  • Janine says:

    Great post! Love the art. That “suitor” though is a bit intense. I almost feel like her expression is, “Why won’t he leave me alone so I can so my work?!” Lol.

    • Jeni says:

      Can I disagree on your interpertation of the “suitor?” To me, her expression says, “I know I shouldn’t, but I can’t help myself.”

  • Sylvia Doiron says:

    Thank you I can only imagine the joy you feel being there.

  • Theresa Jack says:

    Wow Mary Jane so happy you are there and got to see those beautiful works of art

    Love the spinning woman ah yes what would I choose. Sometimes it is best to stick with your craft and other times it feels right to follow the passion. I am grateful to read your blog. Thank you my friend. God willing I’ll see you in January. Hugs. T

  • Mary Miller says:

    I love it when you show pictures of interesting things that most of us will never see in person. Personally I like the woman with the spinning tool. That is quite a choice that she has. You make all of these things sound so interesting. Thank you for sharing?

  • Cathy says:

    What a wonderful post Mary Jane. Such beauty

  • Lynn Soule says:

    Your photos are beautiful. I’m enjoying your trip!

  • Kathy O'Donnell says:

    What a wonderful trip. Thanks for letting us live vicariously through you!

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