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The Rijksmuseum
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The Rijksmuseum
Rembrandt van Rijn: The Night Watch
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Rembrandt van Rijn: The Night Watch 1642
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Johannes Vermeer: Milkmaid 1658-1660
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Frans Hals: Portrait of a Young Couple

The Rijksmuseum (IPA: ; Dutch for State Museum) is the national museum of the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam on the Museumplein. The Rijksmuseum is dedicated to arts, crafts and history. It has a large collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age and a substantial collection of Asian art.

The museum was founded in 1800 in The Hague to exhibit the collections of the Dutch stadtholders. It was inspired by the French example. By then it was known by as the National Art Gallery (Dutch: Nationale Kunst-Gallerij). In 1808 the museum moved to Amsterdam on the orders of king Louis Napoleon, brother of Napoleon Bonaparte. The paintings owned by that city, such as The Night Watch (Dutch: De nachtwacht) by Rembrandt van Rijn, became part of the collection.

In 1885 the museum moved to its current location, built by Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers. He combined gothic and renaissance elements. The museum has a prominent position on the Museumplein, near the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum. The building is richly decorated with references to the Dutch art history. Rembrandts The Night Watch has it's own hall in the museum since 1906. Since 2003 the museum in restoration, but the masterpieces are continuously present for the viewing public.

The paintings collection includes works by artists Jacob van Ruysdael, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt van Rijn and Rembrandts pupils.

Paintings in the museum

Rembrandt van Rijn:

Johannes Vermeer:

Frans Hals:

External links

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