Where to knowledge a Dutch Golden Age in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam simply bulges with culture, cuisine, coffee shops and prohibited pinkish windows nonetheless right now a city is intense with a gleam of a Dutch Golden Age.

Roughly travelling a 17th century (The Golden Age is strictly antiquated from 1585 to 1672) this was a time when a Dutch ruled a waves and Amsterdam saw a stately blast of resources and culture.

To applaud a Dutch Golden Age there are city-wide exhibitions from now to midst Feb that speak about a creativity of a time. Here’s where we can see it:

Flinck and Bol – The mislaid masters

Everyone has listened of Rembrandt though his pupils are frequency domicile names. This is changing with a long-awaited double muster “Ferdinand Bol and Govert Flinck: Rembrandt’s Master Pupils” display during Rembrandt’s House and a Amsterdam Museum until Feb 18 2018.

Both innate around 400 years ago, a pupils finished their training during Rembrandt’s House and became dual of a many distinguished painters of a time. By late 1640 they had even surpassed Rembrandt in blurb output.  Yet after their genocide they left into a shade of their master.

At Home with Rembrandt

Start during Rembrandt’s House where a master lived and worked for 19 years. Here we can see where a dual pupils honed their skills as painters of portraits and chronological scenes,  operative in a character of Rembrandt.

Amsterdam Museum

Once Flinck and Bol had finished their training, they branched out and tailored their styles to a changing ambience of a time. The story continues in a Amsterdam Museum with superb portraits and commanding chronological scenes by a now determined and successful duo. While Rembrandt embellished his sitters accurately as he saw them, warts and all, a commercially smarter pupils constructed graceful and some-more charming portraits of their worldly and rich patrons.

Flinck had a network of friends and kin in high places and Bol acquired a useful round of clients when he married a well-connected Elisabeth Dell. The artists’ commissions for Amsterdam’s new Town Hall in Dam Square, now a Royal Palace, were a ultimate explanation of their success. The works are still in situ and open to open viewing.

You can’t assistance though review a lives of these rising stars to that of their master, Rembrandt. Although he was to furnish artistic and rarely relocating works of art right up  until his death, he suffered personal tragedy and financial ruin. He had mislaid his initial 3 children, afterwards his wife, Saskia, while a after years were raid with failure and an hostile attribute with a former lover. As if that weren’t adequate his common-law mother and usually flourishing son, Titus, predeceased him.

Museum Van Loon

Ferdinand Bol done so many income that he quit portrayal and became a initial reside of a grand chateau during Keizersgracht 672, now a Museum Van Loon. On uncover are an considerable collection of his paintings, including Rembrandts and Rubens. Some of these are on uncover until early Feb in a mansion’s Coach House usually over a pleasant garden.

The Van Loon family, descendants of a co-founder of a Dutch East India Company, still reside here though visitors can wander around a categorical bedrooms of a palace to admire a glorious furnishings and family portraits dating behind to a Golden Age.

Along Golden Age Canals

Take a mangle from sightseeing with a journey along Amsterdam’s canals.  It’s touristy though fun, giving we a singular vantage indicate of a Golden Age and 18th century houses.

Boats boyant along a many disdainful stretches of a Unesco-protected waterway ring, lined by intemperate houses of rich merchants.  Boats work all day as good as evenings when you’ll see a pattern postcard bridges illuminated up.

Where to Eat and Drink

Step behind into a Golden Age during De Silveren Spiegel (The Silver Mirror). The dual step-gabled, sloping houses were bought by a rich soap-boiler in 1614 and now make a romantic, candlelit environment for artfully presented Dutch cuisine.  A la grant or tasting menus typically underline Volendam smoked eel, melt-in-the mouth scallops and proposal Dutch beef.  Crab comes in an succulent frame.  Dinner only.

One aspect of a conspicuous bequest of nautical scrutiny and East Asian trade was  Rijsttafel (‘Rice table’),  a Dutch-Indonesian hybrid total in colonial times to give visiting VIPs a ambience of ‘the piquancy islands’.  Expect a undoubted party of tiny sharp meat, fish or unfeeling dishes with adequate essence to excite any palate.  Kantjil The Tiger on a sharp-witted Spuistraat serves a good-value Rijsttafel in a evenings.

Bruin Cafés

After a day interesting a Golden Age glories gangling an hour or dual for one of a city’s bruin cafés (brown cafés), a cosy candlelit haunts named after a centuries-old fume stains on a walls.  From Rembrandt’s House we can cranky over to a wonky tiny De Sluyswacht an ex-lock keeper’s residence built in a late 17th century, and currently a good mark for a potion of a internal decoction or a reviving shot of jenever (Dutch gin).

Golden Age hotels

Golden Age Canal House hotels keep their facades though inside they might good quick brazen to a 21st century. The glamorous Pullitzer Hotel spreads over no reduction than 25 waterway houses and combines tradition with complicated Dutch design. Occupying a tiny 10 houses a Ambassade Hotel scores rarely for canal-side attract and a smashing collection of complicated art.

Make certain we also review a reviews of Hotel Dylan and The Hoxton.


Fact file

Getting Around: Bicycle is a default mode of ride for a Dutch, ridden even by royalty.  Local cyclists tend to be really rapid (or as rapid as they can be on their city bikes) so as a walking we need to keep your wits about you. The city is tiny adequate to wander around on feet – otherwise there is an glorious network of trams.

Combi Ticket: For Rembrandt’s House and Amsterdam Museum a total opening price is €20.

I amsterdam City Card entitles we to total internal transport, giveaway opening to dozens of museums  (including Rembrandt’s House and a Amsterdam Museum) and a waterway cruise.

More info: I Amsterdam – a city’s central website is packaged with useful information.

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