Sunday, August 7, 2011

Glimpses of Amsterdam, Part II - The Rijkmuseum

Thinking back to just a few weeks ago when we were there, I really miss Amsterdam. Were I there today, I would probably be at the Sunday art market. I will post some photos of the markets in a future post.

I love cities for what they offer but unlike my daughter Ursula, who lives in and loves everything about Boston, I don't think I could live in most of them, even if I could afford to. Of those I've visited, there are only two cities I could see myself living in and being happy -  San Francisco and now Amsterdam.

Here are a few more Amsterdam highlights from the Rijkmuseum.

Photo by Gina Duarte

There is restoration work going on in the main building and we almost didn't go on the day we'd decided upon, since it was pouring off and on all day. I'm so glad we braved the rain and went anyway. Because of the renovations, all of the masterpieces of the Golden Age were set up in one room. It was breathtaking. Here are some of my favorites. Photography was strictly forbidden so of course, these images are borrowed from various sources on the internet. They've been credited wherever possible.

Johannes Vermeer

Self-Portrait as a Young Man
c. 1628-29

Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem

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