Since 1885, the Rijksmuseum has been housed in architect Pierre Cuypers’ imposing building on the Museumplein square, in the heart of Amsterdam.
While the restoration and renovation of the main building is underway, the Rijksmuseum is displaying the crème de la crème of its permanent collection in the newly furnished Philips Wing. ‘Rijksmuseum, The Masterpieces’ offers the unique opportunity to view all the highlights of the Golden Age in one place.
The Masterpieces at the Rijksmuseum displays the very best of its collection. This presentation provides an exceptional opportunity to see all the highlights of the Golden Age together: the beautiful dolls’ houses, a wealth of silverware, the best delftware, the spectacular civic company pieces, icons of Dutch History and of course the public’s favourites like the famous paintings by Jan Steen, Frans Hals, Vermeer and Rembrandt. Over 400 masterpieces are on show. Together they give an impressive picture of the political, economic and artistic miracle of the Dutch Golden Age.
Built in the 17th century as Prince Johan Maurits’ home, this magnificent, classical style building overlooks the Hofvijver, much reminiscent of a shaded medieval moat.
The core of the collection consists of masterpieces from the Dutch “Golden-Age”, including excellent paintings by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Steen and Frans Hals. The works on permanent displays provide a magnificent panorama of Dutch and Flemish art from 15th to 17th century; from Flemish primitives to sunlid landscapes, from biblical characters to meticulous still lifes, and from calm interiors to humorous genre scenes.