The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, series 1

I loved the Rijksmuseum. The layout is orderly, lots of light, the museum isn’t too big and the galleries are very spacious. But if you go out to get lunch at the cafe, realize that you have left the museum and have to get in line to get back in again. Nice cafe, though. But a bit crowded. The best thing about the museum is the art. Gorgeous.

Dutch Ships in the Calm William Van de Velde
Dutch Ships in a Calm William Van de Velde

Dutch Ships info

Cornelis Cornelisz. The Fall 1592 1
Cornelis Cornelisz. The Fall 1592

Okay, here are some close ups because while I was in Amsterdam on the houseboat, I was doing a lot of digital painting on my Bamboo. And discovering how hard it is to do feet. Check out these toes. (I know the photos aren’t too sharp, sorry, but you have to work fast in a museum so as not to annoy people and you can’t use flash.)

Cornelis Cornelisz. The Fall detail 1
Cornelis Cornelisz. The Fall detail 1

Then I was also trying to paint a torso from a life pose I had in an ebook I bought. Found out really fast how hard life drawing is. I spent about 20 hours on it and it didn’t turn out. Apparently, according to a friend who’s an artist, I need to take a life drawing class where they will teach me about anatomy and technique. Here’s what a stomach is supposed to look like:

Cornelis Cornelisz. The Fall detail 2
Cornelis Cornelisz. The Fall detail 2

Check out this sculpture. You don’t see this kind of thing in every museum.

Greyhound Quellinus 1657
Greyhound, oak wood, Artus Quellinus 1657

The Louvre, everywhere you look there’s something amazing, 2

In trying to find the info that went with this room, I discovered that I put the wrong info on the room about Darius. The Assyrians were this room, not the Darius room. I fixed that post (The Louvre, everywhere you look there’s something amazing, 1); sorry for the confusion. Time stamps are really helpful for museum photo forensics.

Here is the info again, this time associated with the correct room, one that we found while trying to find our way back from the long excursion to The Code of Hammurabi.

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The next one looks a little odd with the corners because I tried to rotate it and then ended up with with empty corners. Picasa has a great horizon leveling tool, but it was doing other things on my computer that I didn’t like, so I removed it. Haven’t quite figured out how to do the same thing in GIMP. But take a look at the shape of the doorway in the background. It’s shaped like an urn. I didn’t notice it when we walked through this room, only just noticed it now in processing the photos.

 

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Sculpture of Paris series, 1: Victory of Samothrace

This marble sculpture of a figure depicts the goddess, Nike, on the prow of a ship. It stands on a staircase landing in the Louvre, beneath a skylight. The flowing drapery exemplifies one of the key distinguishing features of Hellenistic Art (early second century B.C. (190 – 200 B.C.)).

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Victory of Samothrace sign

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