Dutch Masters of the Rijksmuseum (2 Hours )

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking & Biking

Meals

None

Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level

Moderate

Description

During the 17th century, as trade and exploration bloomed and The Netherlands became a world power, art became a prominent part of culture. More than 2 million artworks were produced in Holland as investment pieces alone, and the masters among the artists became a critical part of the art historical lexicon. During this 2.5-hour walking seminar in the newly re-opened Rijksmuseum we will survey the major artworks of the Dutch Golden Age, including Rembrandt and Vermeer, as well as discovering many less-well-known artists of that period and later, in order to gain a view of Dutch life through the lens of its great portrayers.

The Rijksmuseum is one of the world’s great museums, which has recently gone through a nearly decade-long renovation. Throughout our time together we’ll look at the work of this renovation and how it returned the museum to its 19th century roots, and what that means for the artwork.

One of the hallmarks of the Rijksmuseum is a central room dedicated to Rembrandt’s masterwork, the Night Watch, a painting crucial to any discussion of the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century. Though crowded, we will certainly visit this room to discuss this work and contextualize it within the social and political history of its period. Depending on our docent and the interests of the group, our course may go in any number of directions. We will certainly view and discuss more work by Rembrandts as well as encounter other Dutch masters of the 17th century as Vermeer, Steen, and Ruisdael. But, we will also take time to step away from the crowds in these popular galleries to look at some less-well-known artists and look at how they portrayed Dutch life and were collected at the time. The Rijksmuseum also boasts a fantastic collection of furniture and other objects that will help us paint a portrait of the era.

Our time together will not be spent only considering the 17th century, the Golden Age of Holland, but, we will also traverse the 19th and early 20th centuries and look at how Dutch influence in the world changed and life at home evolved. Van Gogh will, of course, make an appearance, as will many other artists who date from the period of the museum itself, making a nice circular connection to the start of our experience.

The exact course of our walk through the collections will differ from day to day, but will always be tailored to the interests of the group, and shaped by the scholarly background of our docent. We will emerge from our time together with a deeper understanding and enhanced appreciation of Dutch history and art.

About Us

The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and culture that makes these cultural capitals amazing. With no more than six other people, you'll participate in an intimate, hands-on, conversational experience. No Tour Guides - Our "docents" are first and foremost scholars or specialists, with MAs, Ph.D.s or other terminal degrees in their fields of study.

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Terms & Conditions

Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within three business days need to be made by phone to the emergency number provided in your confirmation email. Cancellations within three business days made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored. Other terms and conditions may apply.



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