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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10 thoughts on “PHOENIX RISING JULY P.A.D. TRAVELOG – DESTINATION: POETRY (RIJKSMUSEUM)

  1. connielpeters

    The Little Girl in a Blue Dress

    Her face looks old
    Her eyes stained by the things she’d seen
    Her hair thin and receding.
    Her dress, once grand,
    but handed down several times.
    Her essence wishing for another century.

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  2. William Preston

    WISE ADVICE

    Now, eat
    your potatoes
    and pretend to like them
    or else all of us will end up
    in Dutch.

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  3. July 19 – Rijksmuseum

    Jerusalem

    Jerusalem
    A city in turmoil
    Conquered and destroyed
    Over and over
    All in the name of fear
    And hatred
    Of the One and Only
    True and Living God
    But in the end
    Jerusalem will survive
    While all others fall
    So it is written

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  4. SO IT SHALL BE DONE

    All-seeing,
    all-knowing,
    over-flowing font
    of love and truth.
    Omnipotent.
    Seers and soothsayers,
    prophets evangelize
    and the wisemen saw signs
    but could do nothing.
    Oh, Jerusalem!
    The text say and so it was
    written. The will of man fails
    against such a veritable opponent.
    Proponent of peace and love,
    as bolts of rage come from above.
    So it shall be done!

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  5. Intense in Blue

    I chose Girl in a Blue Dress

    Ghostly pale, her skin
    and hair make her appear
    an apparition. She stands
    tall, dressed in baby
    blue, hands clasped
    over wide pleats
    of skirt. Piercing
    brown eyes startle
    me, stare at me, haunt
    me with their depth.
    Her eyes are the sole
    part of her face
    that speaks loudly
    in stilled pools.

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  6. […] PHOENIX RISING JULY P.A.D. TRAVELOG – DESTINATION: POETRY (RIJKSMUSEUM) […]

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  7. Sorry to post and run…sigh…summer, summer, summer-time! 🙂 Thank you, for the inspiration, Walt!

    https://wordrustling.wordpress.com/2015/07/20/girl-in-a-blue-dress/

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