PHOENIX RISING JULY P.A.D. TRAVELOG – DESTINATION: POETRY (RIJKSMUSEUM)

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum is a Netherlands national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam. The museum is located at the Museum Square in the borough Amsterdam South, close to the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and the Concertgebouw.

The Rijksmuseum was founded in The Hague in 1800 and moved to Amsterdam in 1808, where it was first located in the Royal Palace. The current main building was designed by Pierre Cuypers and first opened its doors in 1885. On 13 April 2013, after a ten-year renovation which cost € 375 million, the main building was reopened by Queen Beatrix. 

The museum has on display 8,000 objects of art and history, from their total collection of 1 million objects from the years 1200–2000, among which are some masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer.

Write a museum piece, or an Ekphrasis poem on one of these master works:

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VanGogh’s “The Potato Eaters” Van Gogh Museum

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Girl in a Blue Dress (1641) by Johannes Cornelisz Verspronck

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The Milkmaid (c. 1657–58) by Johannes Vermeer

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Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem (1630) by Rembrandt

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