How much I do love art, classical art gets me bored easily. The numerous portraits, the same faces with their tiny smiles and stately postures. Dark browns and little light. Religious canvases with the same Mary over and over again. Greek gods and chubby cherubs. Yes, most of them are masterpieces of craftsmanship. Yes, they’re considered the summum of the summum of the classical art. No, I couldn’t care less.
Still, I paid a visit to the Rijksmuseum. Known to treasure ‘The Night Watch’ made by Rembrandt. Considered to be a pretty impressive painting, but not my cup of tea. So why bother to visit anyway? First of all, I do like Vermeer. His paintings fascinate me, the women with their domestic chores, the yellows and the blues, his detailled interiors and best of all, how he captures the light. I guess it doesn’t surprise you the Rijksmuseum has a couple of Vermeer’s in its possession.
Second reason to visit: the building is beautiful. The halls, the rooms, the leaded glass windows in the big hall. So many details. You would forget it’s a place to worship art, not the walls and ceilings. Plus, not only classical art is represented in the museum: you can also admire some Karel Appel’s, a Van Gogh, old globes and maps, a model of a Dutch ship, porcelain from Delft. A mixture of art and Dutch history. Even if classical art doesn’t get you horny, you still be pleasantly surprised.