A Thousand Years in a Thousand Steps

Pim de Koel, Friday, May 10, 2013 , 15 Views

A Thousand Years in a Thousand Steps

Often, the importance of Dutch art and history are overlooked in Europe. But Holland was celebrating its national history while most countries were still writing theirs- the Rijksmuseum opened during the height of Victorian England and before the arrival of The Statue of Liberty in New York. When I took my first step into the newly renovated Rijksmuseum, I was greeted by baroque-style vaulted ceilings, stunning stained glass windows, and the sense that I was about to embark on a journey through history unparalleled in its uniqueness and splendor. My second, third and fourth steps took me by the works of brilliant artists like Rembrandt, including his famous painting "The Nightwatch," an immense work known not only for it’s size, but also it’s inventive use of light.

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Often, the importance of Dutch art and history are overlooked in Europe.  But Holland was celebrating its national history while most countries were still writing theirs- the Rijksmuseum opened during the height of Victorian England and before the arrival of The Statue of Liberty in New York. 

When I took my first step into the newly renovated Rijksmuseum, I was greeted by baroque-style vaulted ceilings, stunning stained glass windows, and the sense that I was about to embark on a journey through history unparalleled in its uniqueness and splendor. My second, third and fourth steps took me by the works of brilliant artists like Rembrandt, including his famous painting "The Nightwatch," an immense work known not only for it’s size, but also it’s inventive use of light.

But the Rijksmuseum isn't just about opulence. A few more steps took me to another exhibit, where there is a display of seventeenth century whaler's hats - something I have yet to convince my tailor to recreate.

Rijksmuseum

With over a million artifacts, taking just one minute to admire each piece history, art and nature in the Rijksmuseum would take over 16,500 hours - or just under two full years (and, alright, probably more than just a thousand steps).  But don't let that intimidate you. A day trip to the Rijksmuseum is one that will be filled with awe, intrigue and a new appreciation for Amsterdam.

Feeling inspired yet? Then join me in the Rijksmuseum's Teekenschool, a multidisciplinary studio space where artists and students alike come to cultivate their talents and create their own masterpieces.  I'll be here, working on my latest piece, entitled "Pim De Koel in Orange."

Keukenhof

The best place to see tulips in Holland is Keukenhof. Keukenhof is a park with 7 million flower bulbs surrounded by tulip fields.

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