's best visited museum with 1.2 million visitors a year. The impressive historic building was designed by architect Pierre Cuypers
in 1885 and holds a collection of mainly Dutch Golden Age
works. The most famous Rijksmuseum piece is Rembrandt van Rijn
- 15th to 17th century
Apart from the Night Watch and nineteen other Rembrandt works, the Rijksmuseum is best known for fellow 17th century artists such as Johannes Vermeer, Jan Steen, Hendrick Avercamp, Adriaen van Ostade and Frans Hals.
- 18th to 19th century
The museum has a small collection of 18th century works, which was not a very productive era in Dutch art history. The following century 'though has delivered many excellent paintings - the extensive collection forces the museum to alternate the displayed works. All are centered around the three Schools: the Romantic School, the Hague School and the Amsterdam School. Barend Cornelis Koekkoek and Isaac Israëls are the first names that come to mind.
- Foreign masters
Not on permanent display, but worth mentioning on account of the names: the Rijksmuseum's collection contains Italian, Spanish and Flemish (or should I say Southern-Netherlandish) masters. You can enjoy Pieter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, Lorenzo Monaco, Piero di Cosimo, Carlo Crivelli, Jacopo Tintoretto, Albrecht Dürer and Francisco Goya if you're lucky.
When you're in the neigbourhood, you should even consider visiting the museum just for the exhibitions. These are quite interesting, as a small anthology