Virgin and Child

Adriaen van Wesel, c. 1470 - c. 1480, BK-NM-3888

The Battle of Waterloo

Jan Willem Pieneman, 1824, painting, SK-A-1115

Emperor Napoleon met his final defeat at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. This painting – the largest at the Rijksmuseum – shows the moment when the tide turned: the British general Wellington hears that the Prussian army is approaching. Victory, and an end to twenty years of war, is at hand. The…

Dolls’ house of Petronella Oortman

anonymous, c. 1686 - c. 1710, furniture, BK-NM-1010

The exterior of this dolls house is a work of art in its own right, with its mother-of-pearl and pewter veneer. The owners’ initials - Petronella Oortman and her husband Johannes Brandt, a cloth merchant in Amsterdam - are inlaid on both sides. Remarkably, all the domestic furnishings were made…

Javaanse hoffunctionarissen

anonymous, c. 1820 - c. 1870, painting, NG-2010-38

Clothes make the man, so too in Indonesia. These are not actual portraits, but types. In addition to revealing the region these men come from, the meticulously painted clothes and batik motifs also provide information about their rank and status. These proud, confident figures are unusual: in…

The Martyrdom of Saint Lucy

Master of the Figdor Deposition, c. 1505 - c. 1510, painting, SK-A-1688

The Vijverberg, The Hague, in…

Adam van Breen, 1618, painting, SK-A-955

Nicolaes van der Borght, Merchant…

Anthony van Dyck, 1625 - 1635, painting, SK-A-101

Cows in the Meadow

Gerard Bilders, 1860 - 1865, painting, SK-A-2264

Ratification of the Peace of…

Gerard ter Borch (II) (copy after), 1648 - 1670, painting, SK-A-405