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The best in Dutch art well-presented in great Rijksmuseum

The world's leading museum for the Dutch Golden Age and a beautiful building; I had skipped the Rijksmuseum on prior visits to Amsterdam because of long lines

The world's leading museum for the Dutch Golden Age and a beautiful building; I had skipped the Rijksmuseum on prior visits to Amsterdam because of long lines

Rembrandt, The Night Watch aka The Militia Company of Frans Banninck Cocq, 1642; Rembrandt's most famous painting and the star attraction at the museum

Rembrandt, The Night Watch aka The Militia Company of Frans Banninck Cocq, 1642; Rembrandt's most famous painting and the star attraction at the museum

Vermeer, The Milkmaid, 1660; the Rijksmuseum has the world's best collection of Vermeer paintings

Vermeer, The Milkmaid, 1660; the Rijksmuseum has the world's best collection of Vermeer paintings

Heda, Still Life with a Gilt Cup, 1635; the unbelievable level of detail (note the engraving on the cup) makes this work incredible

Heda, Still Life with a Gilt Cup, 1635; the unbelievable level of detail (note the engraving on the cup) makes this work incredible

Hals, The Merry Drinker aka A Militiaman Holding a Berkemeyer, 1630; Hals was the premier portrait painter of the Dutch Golden Age

Hals, The Merry Drinker aka A Militiaman Holding a Berkemeyer, 1630; Hals was the premier portrait painter of the Dutch Golden Age

The Gallery of Honor conveniently has most of the museum's famous works all in one place; The Night Watch is at the far end of the gallery

The Gallery of Honor conveniently has most of the museum's famous works all in one place; The Night Watch is at the far end of the gallery

Screaming Child Stung by a Bee, 1615; this boxwood sculpture is probably Cupid after stealing honey by an unknown artist

Screaming Child Stung by a Bee, 1615; this boxwood sculpture is probably Cupid after stealing honey by an unknown artist

Jelgerhuis, The Shop of the Bookdealer Pieter Meijer Warnars on the Vijgendam in Amsterdam, 1820; the artwork of the time is sensational when you consider that this is before the photograph and modern creature comforts

Jelgerhuis, The Shop of the Bookdealer Pieter Meijer Warnars on the Vijgendam in Amsterdam, 1820; the artwork of the time is sensational when you consider that this is before the photograph and modern creature comforts

Van Gogh, Self-portrait, 1887; in 1886 Van Gogh moved to Paris and his paintings became brighter and less somber

Van Gogh, Self-portrait, 1887; in 1886 Van Gogh moved to Paris and his paintings became brighter and less somber

I had no idea that the museum also had a gorgeous library; I was able to skip the museum line by buying a Museumkart which is good for any five out of more than 400 museums in the Netherlands

I had no idea that the museum also had a gorgeous library; I was able to skip the museum line by buying a Museumkart which is good for any five out of more than 400 museums in the Netherlands

Van Huysum, Still Life with Flowers and Fruit, 1728; I loved this colorful arrangement with its lifelike accuracy

Van Huysum, Still Life with Flowers and Fruit, 1728; I loved this colorful arrangement with its lifelike accuracy

Collector's Cabinet with Miniature Apothecary 1730; housing dozens of small pots and bottles containing ingredients for medicines, this was like a mini-CVS contained in a single piece of furniture

Collector's Cabinet with Miniature Apothecary 1730; housing dozens of small pots and bottles containing ingredients for medicines, this was like a mini-CVS contained in a single piece of furniture

Steen, The Merry Family, 1668; this multi-generational drunken family reflects the notorious leniency of Dutch Golden Age parents

Steen, The Merry Family, 1668; this multi-generational drunken family reflects the notorious leniency of Dutch Golden Age parents

The Rijksmuseum is the most visited in the Netherlands with 2.5  million guests annually; the 1885 building is the largest art museum in the country and includes signature pieces like Delftware

The Rijksmuseum is the most visited in the Netherlands with 2.5+ million guests annually; the 1885 building is the largest art museum in the country and includes signature pieces like Delftware

Hals, Portrait of a Couple, Probably Isaac Abrahamsz Massa and Beatrix van der Laen, 1622; this likely wedding portrait shows a happy couple rather than the stoic images that had been the norm

Hals, Portrait of a Couple, Probably Isaac Abrahamsz Massa and Beatrix van der Laen, 1622; this likely wedding portrait shows a happy couple rather than the stoic images that had been the norm

Van Mekeren, cabinet, 1710; this spectacular example is from the most important Amsterdam cabinetmaker of the 17th century

Van Mekeren, cabinet, 1710; this spectacular example is from the most important Amsterdam cabinetmaker of the 17th century

Rembrandt, The Jewish Bride aka Isaac and Rebecca, 1665-1669; the artist was the greatest of the Dutch masters and his death marked the end of the Golden Age

Rembrandt, The Jewish Bride aka Isaac and Rebecca, 1665-1669; the artist was the greatest of the Dutch masters and his death marked the end of the Golden Age

Ruckers, Harpsichord, 1627; the Flemish Ruckers family are, perhaps, the most famous harpsichord makers of all time and this is the only one of its kind to have survived

Ruckers, Harpsichord, 1627; the Flemish Ruckers family are, perhaps, the most famous harpsichord makers of all time and this is the only one of its kind to have survived

Rembrandt, The Wardens of the Amsterdam Drapers Guild, 1662; older people will remember this painting from the Dutch Masters cigar advertisements

Rembrandt, The Wardens of the Amsterdam Drapers Guild, 1662; older people will remember this painting from the Dutch Masters cigar advertisements

Roentgen, Desk, 1760; this desk (made for the Archbishop of Trier) is the greatest showpiece ever made by Abraham Roentgen, the most famous German cabinetmaker of his time

Roentgen, Desk, 1760; this desk (made for the Archbishop of Trier) is the greatest showpiece ever made by Abraham Roentgen, the most famous German cabinetmaker of his time

Rembrandt, Self Portrait as the Apostle Paul, 1661; the artist was only 55 but looks much older in this painting

Rembrandt, Self Portrait as the Apostle Paul, 1661; the artist was only 55 but looks much older in this painting

Sevres Mantel Clock (owned by Tsar Paul I of Russia), 1782; with its combination of splendidly worked gilt-bronze and Sevres porcelain, this clock is a spectacular demonstration of the unrivaled quality of Parisian craftsmanship

Sevres Mantel Clock (owned by Tsar Paul I of Russia), 1782; with its combination of splendidly worked gilt-bronze and Sevres porcelain, this clock is a spectacular demonstration of the unrivaled quality of Parisian craftsmanship

Document Case, South India, 1720; gorgeous, intricate ivory inlay decoration adorns this briefcase of its time

Document Case, South India, 1720; gorgeous, intricate ivory inlay decoration adorns this briefcase of its time

Xavery, Mantelpiece with relief of Paris and Oenone, 1739; made from Carrara marble and red/grey Belgian marble for a baron in Leiden

Xavery, Mantelpiece with relief of Paris and Oenone, 1739; made from Carrara marble and red/grey Belgian marble for a baron in Leiden

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