Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Rembrant and Van Gogh

We included two museums in our itinerary - the Van Gogh and the Rijksmuseum. The day started off with light drizzle so we thought this was an invitation to stay inside for the morning. As with all museums these days, no photographs were allowed so there are no pictures from the inside today.

Most of the works we saw were those of Dutch Masters – they certainly had style and one could not help but be impressed by their work. One piece I was waiting for was Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’; to say it filled the room would be an understatement. In a way it contrasts with the Mona Lisa which also fills the room. The latter is small while Rembrandt’s work is very large.

The ability to see so many of Van Gogh’s pieces presented in various time periods was a real treat. Whether or not one likes his art one has to appreciate his insight, talent and capacity for work. He was a prolific producer and as with so many creative and talented people we were unfortunate to have lost him at such an early age.

We left Amsterdam with a very positive view of it – perhaps one day we will come back and visit the modern part of the city.

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