Founded in 1800 as a small exhibition of paintings, now – the National art gallery Rijksmuseum is considered a treasure of the Netherlands.
The most valuable exhibits of the National gallery are the works of four Dutch painting masters of XVII century – Hals, Rembrandt, Steen, and Vermeer.
The “Jokonda” of Rijksmuseum is the notorious Rembrandt’s “Nightwatch”. It was painted in the year 1642, ordered by a musketeer squad of the civilian militia of the Netherlands, and its traditional name is “The Shooting Company of Frans Banning Cocq and Willem van Ruytenburch”.
In more than 260 halls of the Rijksmuseum, outstanding works of painting (more than 5000 paintings!), Objects of decorative art (engravings, furniture, ceramics, the famous Delft porcelain, silver) are collected. There is the National cabinet of engravings and the department of Oriental art. The eastern wing of the museum is fully devoted to the centuries-old history of Holland.
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