HERMITAGE & REMBRANDT’S HOUSE

Sunday, July 14.

First stop today is The Hermitage Amsterdam Museum. Originally built as a home for elderly unmarried women, it now houses art on rotation from the State Hermitage or White Palace in Russia. Most of the photos have notes preceding them. Better to get it from the horses mouth.

Here’s what to do with all those excess tools purchased over the years.

Highlight for me was this tiny Venus, supposedly from23,000BC. How could something that small survive? Is only about 50mm high.

One by Henry Matisse.

Interesting to see just what they have in Russia.

This oozes class.

Those Vikings were here too.

And a Van Dyck.

Just another Rembrandt.

Also a Cesari.

Even pieces with an Islamic origin. The photos do not do it justice.

This oil lamp is exceptional.

This is so fragile.

Have not seen many Chinese antiquities in our travels. Colour is amazing.

There was a video playing of what this bureau can actually do. It operates by a motor in the bottom and all doors draws ect, are opened automatically you concealed switches.

Can’t beat gold, although in this case, they did.

How did these survive?

Interesting story.

The front of the cross.

And the rear.

Some of the art on display, even some more Rembrandt’s, including the detail drawing for one that was lost in a fire. That was expensive.

The next one by Rembrandt May be upsetting to some.

Even Van Helst is getting in on the act.

It was nice of him.

Judging by the size of the sack and the mode of carrying them, not many people would want to.

Typical, weights and measures were not far away. Interesting set.

Very nice statue.

Well that was fantastic. A guide at Sandringham recommended that we visit here. Advice well taken.

Next stop, Rembrandt’s house.

I remember this Staircase well.

What a find.

Bed box looks small because they slept in a semi sitting up position, so the bad spirits couldn’t get them. True.

The small office where all transactions and sales took place.

Ye front door.

Looking around the main reception room.

The print room where the copper plates were used to produce the drawings.

Bed box in the visitors bedroom,

Some of the magnificent sketches and drawings done by Rembrandt.

An actual copperplate by Rembrandt. These were then used to produce his etchings.

Rembrandt, like most artists, used nature to learn to draw. He had an enormous collection to call on and used these also to instruct his students.

Artefacts Rembrandt used for drawing, for both himself and students.

This lady was demonstrating how they made their own oil paints.

It does get cold in Amsterdam.

The main studio where the majority of his masterpieces were produced.

Yet another one.

There’s those stairs again.

In the upper or small studio he used to instruct students.

These are some more of his drawings and etchings.

The front of Rembrandt’s house.

Gosh I need a drink and food.

Well that shows that nothing is really certain in life. Rembrandt, like all his fellow painters, did not know real wealth. It is only after they have died that their works have began amassing fortunes.

Wander back towards central for dinner and another canal cruise.

Has to be the smallest pub/restaurant in Amsterdam. Was originally the lock keepers house.

I knew Jack was into diversification, but this is ridiculous. Jack is a farmer from Shepp.

Lean on me. This is a typical site all over Amsterdam.

Where do you start?

At the risk of upsetting some people, a his and hers shop.

Monument in the main square.

The royal palace. Visited here last time in 2015.

Another side of the square.

More chocolate boxes near central station.

Dinner and off for an evening cruise. Passing the Film and Media building.

That structure on the top right of the building is a set of swings, which swing in space. Not for this black duck.

The Nemo centre. The national education and museum centre.

Seven bridges over the canal.

A nice theatre.

Our week in Amsterdam draws to a close. What a great week. Lots of looking, walking and enjoyment. Tomorrow we are on the road to Brugge in Belgium.

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