Early the next morning found us in line with our tickets to the Rijksmuseum. Its a beautiful structure and there was an orchestra playing Vivaldi under the central arch to greet us - what a treat that was!
|Rijksmuseum on Museum Square|
The ticket desk and entrance is through this light filled inner atrium with a lovely cafe on the second level.
|Rijksmuseum inner atrium|
|The Night Watch Room|
|The Night Watch|
|The Conspiracy of Claudius Civilis 1661-1662|
|Terrracotta sculpture of horse and rider|
|Democratus & Heraclitus by Hendrick Brugghen 1628|
|Banquet Still Life 1644 by Adriaen Utrecht|
The Great Hall, which was formerly the entrance to the museum, is adorned with stained glass windows reaching up to a vaulted ceiling. This one was commissioned in 1882 by William Dixon of London to show the Art of Painting and features Rembrandt, Apelles and Van Leyden among others.
|The Art of Painting stained glass|
I could go on and on as the museum is filled with countless treasures of art and of Dutch history but instead I will leave you with this evening photo of the wonderful Central Station building which was a short walk from our hotel. It is of Gothic/Renaissance style architecture and was designed by Pierre Cuypers who also designed the Rijksmuseum.
In my next post, I will tell you about a special exhibit at the Rijksmuseum and our visit to the Albert Kuiper Market.