The Merry Fiddler

Gerard van Honthorst, 1623, painting, SK-A-180

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…

The Night Watch

Rembrandt van Rijn, 1642, painting, SK-C-5

Rembrandt’s largest, most famous canvas was made for the Arquebusiers guild hall. This was one of several halls of Amsterdam’s civic guard, the city’s militia and police. Rembrandt was the first to paint figures in a group portrait actually doing something. The captain, dressed in black, is…

Girl in a White Kimono

George Hendrik Breitner, 1894, painting, SK-A-3584

Inspired by Japanese prints, Breitner painted at least twelve versions of this girl in a white kimono around 1894. Each time, her pose is different and the kimono is a different colour. Here the embroidered white silk kimono with red trimmed sleeves and orange belt are what draw our attention. The…

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…

The Vijverberg, The Hague, in…

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

Militia Company of District XI…

Frans Hals, Pieter Codde, 1637, painting, SK-C-374

Pakhuizen aan een Amsterdamse…

Willem Witsen, 1885 - 1922, painting, SK-A-2952

Twee zoutvaten

Johannes Lutma (1584-1669), 1639, salt (condiment vessel), BK-1960-13-A

Bokaal met deksel, vervaardigd voor…

Louis Métayer, 1754, goblet, BK-1981-51