Video: Rijksmuseum Blitz

I just finished a marvelous tour of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam with our tour group and am inspired by the local art-historian guide we enjoyed.

During the Dutch Golden Age (the 1600s), with their trading ships roaming the globe and their leading city the pinnacle of European civilization, the Dutch produced some of the greatest art ever. No longer the “Spanish Netherlands” ruled by the Habsburg king and obedient to the pope, the Dutch were a Protestant republic — fiercely independent and proud. Great news — but it left their artists without the support of the usual big patrons (nobles, kings, and the Catholic Church). As you’ll see here, they did just fine.

Enjoy this three-minute blitz of the core of one of Europe’s greatest collections of art: Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum. Hold on to your cheese!

(Thanks for following along here on my blog and on Facebook as I guide our Best of Europe in 21 Days Tour.)



2 Replies to “Video: Rijksmuseum Blitz”

  1. Fortunate enough to visit this museum about 15 years ago…looking forward to (hopefully) seeing it again in 2017!! Wish there was an audio tour for it on the RS Europe app. Those audio tours are fantastic!

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