The Rijksmuseum shows the rise of amateur photography in the Netherlands.
The Rijksmuseum has been a major source of inspiration for Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf since his early youth. From 3 July he shows in the Amsterdam museum his photographs in dialogue with Dutch paintings.
Dutch art often appears in debates about identity, and this always happens in terms of what is 'own' and 'foreign' to it. Rembrandt in particular turns out to be very 'malleable'.
Visitors to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam can now enjoy The Night Watch in its original form, for the first time in 300 years.
‘A Pair of Wedding Gloves’ is one of the hundred masterpieces of early modern Dutch and Flemish art in the CODART Canon.
Rineke Dijkstra’s new film installation Night Watching shows 14 groups of people looking at Rembrandt’s The Night Watch.
The French general and emperor left behind deep traces in Dutch society that are still visible today.
Foreign cartoons from the 17th to the mid-19th century show that the Netherlands has not always had a very positive international image.
An estimated 600,000 enslaved Africans were traded by the Dutch from West Africa to the Atlantic. Almost half of them were shipped by the West India Company.
He is best known as "the man who escaped from prison in a chest of books". But thanks to a new biography, we know that the seventeenth-century scholar was much more than that.
What did the past smell like? And how does scent influence our culture? Biologist and philosopher Geerdt Magiels takes us to the stinking seventeenth century and to the nearly scent-free Low Countries of today.
Count Floris V, loved by peasants and urban commoners, left a large legacy in Holland. However, his good deeds could not prevent him from being murdered.
When the counts of Holland wanted to break the autonomy of Friesland, they incurred the wrath of the Frisian freedom fighters.
Although the Dutch have been ice skating since the 13th century, it was not until the 16th century that ice skaters would regularly appear in paintings, courtesy of the Flemish Master Pieter Bruegel the Elder and... a climatic phenomenon.
Since the original Dutch version of this book came out in January 2019 it has dominated the bestseller lists.
In the late eighteenth century, various ships departed from hotspot Ostend to the coasts of Africa to exchange goods for people.
Jacoba of Bavaria, Countess of Hainaut, Holland and Zeeland, was a strong leader but went down with power-hungry men, even from her own family.
The people of Groningen would like one of their city gates to be handed back.
The Dutch self-taught scientist died three hundred years ago. The anniversary of his death has led to books and an exhibition that shed light on the life of this wayward pioneer of microbiology.
Confronted with challenging societal, historical and ethical questions, many museums are trying to redefine their role. MSK Director Manfred Sellink makes some proposals.
David Weel invites us to look at 'Dying Adonis' by the painter Hendrick Goltzius.
Eighteen young writers from Flanders and the Netherlands have brought nineteenth-century artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Lemuël de Graav found inspiration in Wouter Johannes van Troostwijk’s painting 'The Raampoortje in Amsterdam'.
Babeth Fonchie wrote a poem inspired by old wooden stocks and matching iron shackles.
Benjamin De Roover was inspired by the chest of books in which Hugo de Groot escaped imprisonment in the early seventeenth century.
Dieter De Schutter drew a graphic story inspired by the masked figure on a ferry in a 370-year-old river landscape. ‘I can never step out of line.’
Elsbet De Pauw wrote a poem in response to an old painting of a doll house.
Femke Zwiep has written a poem in response to a balance standard with a counterweight from the workshop of Wenzel Jamnitzer.
Bart Decroos wrote a short story inspired by a 1708 drawing by Dirk Valkenburg, entitled ‘View of a Mill and Cook-house on a Plantation in Surinam’.
Anne Bosveld wrote a prose poem inspired by a panorama of Cape Town.
Esha Guy Hadjadj gives a voice to a military painting by Cornelis Troost from 1742.
Veneboer wrote a dialogue in response to a portrait of Toussaint Louverture, leader of the Haitian independence movement during the French Revolution.
Jordy Spyt chose a passglass – a glass used for drinking games – and wrote an antidote to toxic masculinity.
Maite Vanthournout wrote a short story inspired by a cradle made by an anonymous craftsman.
Eighteen young writers have brought artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Emerald Liu wrote a poem about a toilet mirror, commissioned by King William I as a wedding gift for his daughter.
Eighteen young writers have brought nineteenth-century artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Gus Møystad drew a graphic story inspired by Jozef Israëls’ painting 'The Sand Bargeman'.
The exhibition focuses on slavery in the Dutch colonial era, from the 17th to the 19th century – on three continents and in the Netherlands itself.
Eighteen young writers have brought artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Kenneth Berth invites us around a lavishly decorated table.
Eighteen young writers have brought nineteenth-century artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. We join Maaike Rijntjes as they look at a plate of the Dutch province of Overijssel.
Eighteen young writers have brought nineteenth-century artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. We join Maya Mertens as she looks at a part of a cannon captured at the Battle of Shimonoseki.
Kenneth Berth created an audio story in response to Louis Moritz’s painting The Music Lesson from 1808.
Eighteen young writers from Flanders and the Netherlands have brought nineteenth-century artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Sarah de Koning draws our attention to the white paint on 'Portrait of Alida Christina Assink' by Jan Adam Krus...
Eighteen young writers from Flanders and the Netherlands have brought nineteenth-century artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Mahat Arab wrote a poem in response to a figure called 'Two Fighting Knights'.
Eighteen young writers have brought artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Dagmar Dirkx looks at the painting 'Monk Meditating near a Ruin by Moonlight' by Frederik Marinus Kruseman.
Eighteen young writers have brought artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Eva Salman wrote a short story inspired by a coffee pot.
Eighteen young writers have brought artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. We join Hasret Emine in looking at a dressing table.
Eighteen young writers from Flanders and the Netherlands have brought nineteenth-century artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Sixtine Bérard wrote a poem to accompany a flask.
Eighteen young writers have brought nineteenth-century artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Johannes Lievens draws our attention to the inkstand once owned by Baron Chassé.
Eighteen young writers have brought artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Charlotte Remarque took inspiration from a model of a Javanese marketplace.
Eighteen young writers from Flanders and the Netherlands have brought nineteenth-century artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Thom Wijenberg shows us the 'Diorama of a Du, Dance Celebration on the Plantation', made by Gerrit Schouten.
Eighteen young writers have brought nineteenth-century artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Together with Michael Koevoet we look at the painting ‘In the Month of July’ by Paul Joseph Constantin Gabriël.
Eighteen young writers have brought artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Jutta Callebaut was inspired by Jan Veth’s ‘Portrait of Cornelia, Clara and Johanna Veth’.
Eighteen young writers from Flanders and the Netherlands have brought nineteenth-century artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Marian van der Pluijm created an audio story in response to Marie Constantine Bashkirtseff’s painting 'The Arti...
Laure-Anne Vermaercke invites us to take a very close look at the Diorama of the Zeezigt Coffee and Cotton Plantation, made by Gerrit Schouten in c. 1815 – c. 1821.
Together with Emma Zuiderveen we look at the blue in Claude Monet’s 1884 painting La Corniche near Monaco.
We join Dagmar Bosma as she questions a cabinet made by Charles-Guillaume Diehl in c. 1867 – c. 1880.
Maxine Palit de Jongh presents us with an Erard Frères pianoforte from 1808.
Pim Lammers offers us an insight into Gerrit Schouten’s Model of the Memorial of J.F. de Friderici from 1812.
Kiriko Mechanicus explores Girl in a White Kimono, painted by George Hendrik Breitner in 1894.
Anne Marijn Voorhorst looks at a mustard pot made by Jean Baptiste Claude Odiot around 1819.
Sanne Aletta van Otten voices a drip-filter coffee pot from 1816, manufactured by the Diemont company.
Jorik Amit Galama wrote a text in response to the painting Farm on the bank of a stream in Gelderland by Wouter Johannes van Troostwijk.
Sumai Yahya gives us a look at an Etruscan vase made by Manufacture Impériale de Sèvres in 1858.
Phaedra Derhore drew a short comic in response to the painting Still Life with Game and a Greek Stele: Allegory of Autumn by Georgius Jacobus Johannes van Os from 1818.
Eighteen young authors have brought nineteenth-century artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Elise Tumba Kiambi wrote a poem in response to Andreas Schelfhout’s painting Farmyard.
Eighteen young authors have brought nineteenth-century artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. We join Daan de Jager as he looks at a self-portrait by Vincent van Gogh from 1887.
Eighteen young authors have brought nineteenth-century artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Robin Goudsmit wrote a manual to accompany a painting.
Eighteen young authors have brought nineteenth-century artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Sophia Blyden wrote her text in response to a sculpture of Lorenzo Bartolini.
We join Marieke Ornelis as she looks at Portrait of a Young Woman, with ‘Puck’ the Dog, painted by Marie-Thérèse Schwartz
Eighteen young authors have brought nineteenth-century artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Marte Hoogenboom wrote a dialogue in response to a painting and a sculpture.
Over the centuries, many Dutch people have contributed to Asian culture and society in various ways.
The architect of the Rijksmuseum and Amsterdam Central Station made an active contribution to the emancipation of the Catholic church in the Netherlands.
What does the cash book of a plantation sound like? What are the thoughts of a brush that was used for incantations? In what voice does an eighteenth-century contract speak? And what story is hidden in the doll's house of painter Jacob Appe...
In April 2013, after a renovation lasting more than ten years, the doors of the famous and iconic Rijksmuseum, the national museum of the Netherlands in Amsterdam, opened again. The article presents the renovation of the building and the n...
Jens Meijen wrote a poem inspired by a contract from 1706 between a plantation owner and a painter.
The work of the painter and etcher Hercules Segers (1589/90-1633/40) has always appealed to the imagination. This chiefly because of his painted and etched landscapes, which make no attempt to depict the reality of the surroundings, but ar...
Sara Mertens created a graphic story in response to an ivory statue of what is thought to be Diana, made by Jean Goujon.
Annemieke Dannenberg gives a voice to a brush used in eighteenth-century incantations.
‘The Iconography’ by Anthony van Dyck is one of the hundred masterpieces of early modern Dutch and Flemish art in the CODART Canon.
Get to know Amsterdam and its inhabitants through its carved façade stones decorating the canalside houses.
The Amsterdam Museum ditches ‘Golden Age’ in favour of inclusive ’17th century’.
The Western Australian Museum will make 3D scans to visualise the 17th century silverware that was found in the shipwreck of the ‘Batavia’.
At least five Dutch museums acquired precious work at the world's leading fine art and antiques fair in Maastricht.
What did 'the Kurant' write about and who were its readers?
Marie Borremans wrote a poem inspired by a letter from Pieter Mortamer, commander in Luanda, addressed to Johan Maurits, the then governor-general of Dutch Brazil.
At the end of the nineteenth century the city of Amsterdam's two most iconic commissions (the Central Station and the Rijksmuseum), made possible by the favourable economic climate, and hence representative of Dutch national pride, were the...
The year 2019 marks the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death. Large-scale exhibitions are planned throughout the year.
An overview of the latest museum acquisitions of old Dutch and Flemish Art.
Iduna Paalman wrote a poem about the rise and fall of Maria de’ Medici to accompany a militia piece by Joachim von Sandrart.
Our best literature stories of 2021, handpicked by the editor.
Jacob Cornelisz was one of the most important Dutch artists of the first half of the sixteenth century. He was Amsterdam’s first printmaker.
The Standard Bearer was Rembrandt's artistic breakthrough, that would lead to The Night Watch. The Netherlands wants to ad it to the national collection.
This summer, some museums have enriched their collections by acquiring beautiful early modern Dutch and Flemish art.
Betül Sefika was inspired for her visual poem by a rice stalk, which is directly descended from rice seeds that were smuggled from Africa to Suriname by an enslaved woman.
The painter may be hardly known in the Netherlands, but in Australia, he had a great reputation.
The Dutch photographer Bas Meeuws is continuing the tradition of Golden Age floral still lifes.
Kunstmuseum in The Hague presents a fascinating exhibition about the friendship and rivalry between two important Dutch painters: Isaac Israëls and George Breitner.
'Mirror of Reality’ is the first comprehensive overview of nineteenth-century Dutch painting, set within the context of the international art world.
CODART, the international network of curators of Dutch and Flemish art, has announced the CODART Canon.
Our best literature stories of 2020, handpicked by the editor.
Our best art stories of 2019, handpicked by the editor.
Thanks to the many exhibitions, events and conferences organised in 2019, we gained new insights about Rembrandt.
Never a dull moment in Flanders and The Netherlands. Art, history, language or literature, you name it, there is a museum for everyone's taste in the Low Countries. Let Museum Explorer be your guide.
Our spring selection of Dutch-language books that have recently been translated into English.
Mauritshuis, The Hague, reveals new discoveries and insights from the international scientific examination of Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring.’
Johannes Vermeer was everything but impulsive. The lab research that preceded the Vermeer exhibition at the Rijksmuseum, shows that the artist constantly adjusted his compositions during the painting process.
Derek Blyth invites you to walk in the footsteps of stanley brouwn, the first artist who claimed walks as art.
In her debut novel, Wuck paints a portrait of her hippy parents. The detached tone makes the novel stand out all the more.
‘The Spinario’ by Jan Gossart is one of the hundred masterpieces of early modern Dutch and Flemish art in the CODART Canon.
Edna Azulay has composed an ode to the intoxication of 'The Drunken Couple' by Jan Steen.
The Dutch have a strong entrepreneurial spirit. In the seventeenth century, they were responsible for the world's first multinational company.
Johannes Decat gives a voice to the tally marks in an old cash book for a plantation in Brazil.
In the 17th century, the Dutch Republic was the center of the European book trade.
For a long time, the study of the history of Dutch slavery has been dominated by the perspective of the coloniser. More and more researchers are now trying to give enslaved people a voice.
A still life with cheese, that’s all Sanne Pieters needs to dissect gender roles. ‘I watch you a lot: you and that favourite cow of yours.'
Our best history stories of 2021, handpicked by the editor.
The woollen caps worn by Dutch whalers in the period 1740 – 1760 inspired Flora Kenza Nacer to write a poetic dialogue.
In his short story, inspired by Pieter Lastman’s painting 'Orestes and Pylades Disputing at the Altar', Pieter Van de Walle introduces us to Orestes.
Ellis Meeusen took inspiration from the 1863 law, drawn up by King Willem III, that set out the Netherlands’ official abolition of slavery in Suriname.
Our fascination for and exploitation of wild animals has a long history that reveals major social changes: from prestige projects for medieval monarchs to experiences for the general public.
Pelumi Adejumo gives a voice to a collar from 1689 bearing the coat of arms of William of Orange.
An overview of the latest museum acquisitions of old Dutch and Flemish Art.
From the 16th century onwards, the centre of European printmaking was in Flanders and the Netherlands. Printmaking did more even than painting to familiarise Europe with art from the Low Countries.
Whale oil was a good substitute for vegetable oils and fats, so merchants in the Netherlands saw opportunities to earn good money with whaling. The Dutch hunted whales from 1612 to 1964.
Charity has a long tradition in the Netherlands and the actions for Ukraine show many parallels to past events.
Emperor Charles V embodied the complex linguistic situation in the Low Countries.
In the twentieth century, the Dutch gradually became more concerned about cleanliness in their household than about comfort.
The Mauritshuis in The Hague prepares an exhibition about sweet perfumes and foul odours in the 17th century.
Dutch historians have long worked on the assumption that the significance of Atlantic slavery to the Dutch economy was marginal. This assumption is incorrect.
Heleen Debruyne takes female painters out of oblivion and gives them the honour they deserve.
Anne-Goaitske Breteler wrote a short story inspired by a letter written in response to the abolition of slavery on the French side of Sint Maarten.
Arno Boey gives a voice to the painting 'The Milkmaid' by Johannes Vermeer.
Amarylis De Gryse got inspired by the painting 'The Company of Captain Albert Bas and Lieutenant Lucas Conijn'. She explores the inner life of a militiaman.
Jordi Lammers wrote a letter from the perspective of a mouth-bow.
In the Dutch language, bloomers have been known under a variety of names that refer to the Middle East, New York and Dutch fishermen.
The Dutch have a constant willingness to compromise and whose aim above all is a general consensus.
The drawings include natural history scenes, portraiture, genre subjects, figure studies and historical and biblical subjects.
Thanks to Frans Hals, Karel van Mander and other refugees from Flanders and Brabant, the arts scene in Haarlem was able to flourish between 1580-1630.
Chris Lomans gives a voice to machetes from the early 19th century that were intended for sugar cane plantations.
While Freemasonry in the Netherlands mainly looks at the Anglo-American tradition, their Belgian Brothers and Sisters adhere to the French or ‘liberal’ tradition.
Emma Wiersma wrote a poem referencing the oldest existing collection of plants from Suriname.
Shimanto Reza wrote a letter inspired by a map of the Bay of Bengal from around 1695.
A lifetime after the end of the colonial era, Dutch Indies literature still plays off colonial myths and realities against each other, and finds words for painful, half-forgotten things.
The exhibition 'Ode to Antwerp' at Museum Catharijneconvent in Utrecht explicitly presents old masters from the Low Countries and not from Holland or Flanders.
Indonesia’s independence in 1949 did not mark the end of Dutch influence. Many Dutch colonial structures remained in use.
International interest in Dutch sources is huge and, thanks to digitalisation, there are more texts available than ever. But human know-how is lagging behind technological progress.
His illustrations reveal the quality of timeless design, particularly the graphic spectacle of his cartoon biographies of Rembrandt and Warhol.
Traumatic feelings about inundations that expose the vulnerability of the Low Countries go hand in hand with a certain pride.
Between 1600 and 1900, Dutch was the dominant European language in Japan. A new book examines how this affected the local culture and society.
Eating herring is a Dutch tradition. This silvery, slimy fish is even part of their national identity, thanks to a myth about a humble herring fisherman.
In an abbey where nuns still live, Museum Krona combines centuries-old crucifixes and monstrances with contemporary paintings and photographs.
Masterpieces by Rembrandt and Van Eyck have helped photographer Hendrik Kerstens blur the line between the painter’s art and photography.
What is today's relationship between the Low Countries and their colonial past? The articles in this series have been written by personalities from the Netherlands, Indonesia, Suriname, Belgium and Congo.
‘Postcolonial Mirror’ and ‘New Colonial Reading List’ are two new important books on Dutch East Indies literature. Both editions aim at a complete revision of the existing image.
In her documentary My Rembrandt, Oeke Hoogendijk portrays the owners of a painting by the Dutch Old Master. She orchestrates their story into a thrilling detective about the hunt for an unknown Rembrandt.
In New York City, the historical memory of Petrus Stuyvesant has recently become controversial, but in the twentieth century, the image of the Dutch director-general of the colony of New Netherland was iconic as a symbol of Dutch-American f...
Nxt Museum represents both a new museum for Amsterdam and an art institution for a new generation.
Why did William the Silent not become the Father of the United Netherlands after all? René van Stipriaan explains this in this piece written exclusively for us.
Thanks to two biographies published at the same time, the Dutch physicist and Nobel Prize winner Hendrik Lorentz finally gets the attention he deserves.
Large-scale research shows that the Dutch are unanimous about what makes the Netherlands the Netherlands, despite sharp contradictions in the public debate.
You can choose which Flemish and Dutch works of art deserve a place in the CODART Canon.
Four hundred years after his birth, Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar is staging the first retrospective of his diverse oeuvre.
In Vermeer's paintings of women writing letters, art historian Gerdien Verschoor hears their pens scratching the paper in a world that is otherwise dead silent.
Irish historian Paul Doolan claims that for many decades, Dutch historians have inadequately investigated the decolonization of Indonesia.
Erasmus was a man with great ambitions and who took orders from no one. But his succes also had its drawbacks, unveils a new biography.
With its large collection of works from the Golden Age, Mauritshuis is one of the most important museums in the Netherlands. Important but not without controversy.
In the last episode of the series ‘The DNA of the Netherlands’, we find out what the national motto ‘Je maintiendrai’ really stands for.
With the Congo Commission, Belgium took a different path from the Netherlands, which had its colonial past in Indonesia investigated by three institutes. What does this mean for dealing with a fraught history?
Five hundred years after his birth, publishers can still learn from his cultural entrepreneurship.
Why do the Dutch so readily turn to the English language? Cultural philosopher Ton Lemaire has long been bothered by the use of English words when there exists a perfectly good Dutch alternative.
Words become outlawed, and people with different opinions soon accuse the other party of engaging in ‘framing’. Are the language police just round the corner?
Have you ever wondered why orange is the colour of the Netherlands? You find the answer in the sixteenth century.
'A New History of Western Art' is not the dry tome of an academic, but of an enthusiastic storyteller who shows us how art continues to have new interpretations.
Women who liked women were punished more severely in the Southern Netherlands than elsewhere in Europe during the late Middle Ages and early modern times.
The Leonardo Da Vinci of the Low Countries is responsible for many revolutionary discoveries in physics, architecture, mathematics and linguistics.