A report on Amsterdam and Rembrandt

Self-Portrait with Beret and Turned-Up Collar (1659), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
The Prodigal Son in the Brothel, a self-portrait with Saskia, c. 1635
The Oude Kerk was consecrated in 1306 AD.
Portrait of Saskia van Uylenburgh, c. 1635
Amsterdam citizens celebrating the Peace of Münster, 30 January 1648. Painting by Bartholomeus van der Helst
Rembrandt's son Titus, as a monk, 1660
Courtyard of the Amsterdam Stock Exchange by Emanuel de Witte, 1653. The Amsterdam Stock Exchange was the first stock exchange to introduce continuous trade in the early 17th century.
Rembrandt Memorial Marker Westerkerk Amsterdam
View of Vijzelstraat looking towards the Muntplein, 1891
Rembrandt's only known seascape, The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, 1633. The painting is still missing after the robbery from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.
Photochrom of Amsterdam's Dam Square at the beginning of the 20th century
A Polish Nobleman, 1637
The rebuilt Magere Brug, around 1938.
The Abduction of Europa, 1632. Oil on panel. The work has been described as "...a shining example of the 'golden age' of Baroque painting".
People celebrating the liberation of the Netherlands at the end of World War II on 8 May 1945
A typical portrait from 1634, when Rembrandt was enjoying great commercial success
The 17th-century Canals of Amsterdam were listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2010, contributing to Amsterdam's fame as the "Venice of the North". Along with De Wallen, the canals are the focal-point for tourists in the city.
Self Portrait, 1658, Frick Collection, a masterpiece of the final style, "the calmest and grandest of all his portraits"
Satellite picture of Amsterdam and North Sea Canal
The Hundred Guilder Print, c. 1647–49, etching, drypoint and burin on Japan paper, National Museum of Western Art.
Topographic map of Amsterdam
The Three Trees, 1643, etching
Large-scale map of the city centre of Amsterdam, including sightseeing markers,.
Rembrandt drawing of an Indian Mughal painting
Nieuwendammerdijk en Buiksloterdijk, Amsterdam-Noord, winter 2010
Role-playing in self-portrait as an oriental potentate with a kris/keris, a Javanese blade weapon from the VOC era (etching, c. 1634)
The Westerkerk in the Centrum borough, one of Amsterdam's best-known churches
The Night Watch or The Militia Company of Captain Frans Banning Cocq, 1642. Oil on canvas; on display at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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The Polish Rider – Possibly a Lisowczyk on horseback
A 1538 painting by Cornelis Anthonisz showing a bird's-eye view of Amsterdam. The famous Grachtengordel had not yet been established.
The Man with the Golden Helmet, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, once one of the most famous "Rembrandt" portraits, is no longer attributed to the master.
Rokin – November 1977
Saskia as Flora, 1635
Herengracht
Slaughtered Ox (1655), Musée du Louvre, Paris
Prinsengracht
Rembrandt House Museum
The Egelantiersgracht lies west of the Grachtengordel, in the Jordaan neighbourhood.
Rembrandt statue and the sculptures of The Night Watch in 3D at the Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam
The Scheepvaarthuis, by architects Johan van der Mey, Michel de Klerk, Piet Kramer is characteristic of the architecture of the Amsterdam School.
Rembrandt statue in Leiden
The Begijnhof is one of the oldest hofjes in Amsterdam.
In 1775, a 25-year-old Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote in a letter that "I live wholly with Rembrandt" ("...ich zeichne, künstle p. Und lebe ganz mit Rembrandt."). At the age of 81 (1831), Goethe wrote the essay "Rembrandt der Denker" ("Rembrandt the Thinker"), published in the posthumous collection of his works.
The Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam and Conservatorium van Amsterdam, two examples of 21st-century architecture in the centre of the city
The Jewish Bride, c. 1665–9, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. In Vincent van Gogh's own words (1885), "I should be happy to give 10 years of my life if I could go on sitting here in front of this picture [The Jewish Bride] fortnight, with only a crust of dry bread for food." In a letter to his brother Theo, Vincent wrote, "What an intimate, what an infinitely sympathetic picture it is,"
The Amsterdam Stock Exchange, the oldest stock exchange in the world
Rembrandt Laughing, 1628, J. Paul Getty Museum
The Zuidas, the city's main business district
The Girl in a Picture Frame, 1641, Royal Castle, Warsaw
Boats give tours of the city, such as this one in front of the EYE Film Institute Netherlands.
The evangelist Matthew and the Angel, 1661
Spiegelgracht
Moving Rembrandt's The Night Watch for the 1898 Rembrandt Exhibition
De Wallen, Amsterdam's Red-light district, offers activities such as legal prostitution and a number of coffee shops that sell cannabis. It is one of the main tourist attractions.
A young Rembrandt, c. 1628, when he was 22. Partly an exercise in chiaroscuro. Rijksmuseum
An Amsterdammer waits for a traffic light to change at the Muntplein in the heart of Amsterdam.
Self-Portrait in a Gorget, c. 1629; Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg
The Rijksmuseum houses Rembrandt's The Night Watch.
Self-portrait, 1630, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm
The Van Gogh Museum houses the world's largest collection of Van Gogh's paintings and letters.
Self-Portrait with Velvet Beret and Furred Mantle 1634
The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is an international museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art and design.
Self-portrait at the age of 34, 1640, National Gallery, London
Rembrandt monument on Rembrandtplein
Self-Portrait, oil on canvas, 1652. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Coldplay performing at the Amsterdam Arena, 2016
Self-portrait, Vienna c. 1655, oil on walnut, cut down in size. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
The Concertgebouw or Royal Concert Hall houses performances of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and other musical events.
Self-Portrait, 1660
Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam's best-known theatre
Self Portrait as Zeuxis, c. 1662. One of 2 painted self-portraits in which Rembrandt is turned to the left.<ref name="W1">White, 200</ref> Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne
One of the decorated boats participating in the 2013 Canal Parade of the Amsterdam Gay Pride
Self-Portrait with Two Circles, c.1665–1669. Kenwood House, London
AFC Ajax player Johan Cruyff, 1967
Self-portrait, 1669.
Femke Halsema has been the Mayor of Amsterdam since 2018.
Self-portrait at the age of 63, dated 1669, the year he died. National Gallery, London
Boroughs of Amsterdam
The Stoning of Saint Stephen, 1625, The first painting by Rembrandt, painted at the age of 19.<ref>{{Cite book |last=Starcky |first=Emmanuel |title=Rembrandt |publisher=Hazan |year=1990 |isbn=978-2-85025-212-9 |page=45}}</ref> It is currently kept in the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon.
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Artist in His Studio, 1628, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Police headquarters of Amsterdam
Bust of an old man with a fur hat, the artist's father, 1630
King Willem-Alexander, Princess Beatrix, and Queen Máxima greeting Amsterdammers from the Royal Palace of Amsterdam during Willem-Alexanders inauguration in 2013
Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem, c. 1630
A tram crossing the Keizersgracht
Andromeda, Circa 1630
The Amsterdam Metro is a mixed subway and above ground rapid transit system consisting of five lines.
The Philosopher in Meditation, 1632
Amsterdam Centraal station, the city's main train station
Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, 1632
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol ranks as Europe's third-busiest airport for passenger traffic.
Portrait of Aeltje Uylenburgh, 1632, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Police bicyclist crossing a bridge over the Prinsengracht
Portrait of Saskia van Uylenburgh, c. 1633–1634
Bicyclist at Amsterdam
Sacrifice of Isaac, 1635
The Agnietenkapel Gate at the University of Amsterdam, founded in 1632 as the Athenaeum Illustre
The Blinding of Samson, 1636, which Rembrandt gave to Huyghens
Susanna, 1636
Belshassar's Feast, 1636-1638
Danaë, 1636 - c. 1643, Hermitage Museum
The Archangel Raphael Leaving Tobias' Family, 1637, Louvre
The Landscape with Good Samaritan, 1638, Czartoryski Museum, Kraków
Scholar at his Writing Table, 1641, Royal Castle, Warsaw
Joseph's Dream, c. 1645
Susanna and the Elders, 1647
The Mill, 1648
An Old Man in Red, 1652–1654
Aristotle with a Bust of Homer, 1653, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
Young Girl at the Window, 1654, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm
Portrait of Jan Six, a wealthy friend of Rembrandt, 1654
Bathsheba at Her Bath, modelled by Hendrickje, 1654
A Woman Bathing in a Stream, modelled by Hendrickje, 1654
Pallas Athene, c.1655
The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Deijman, 1656
Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph, 1656
Woman in a Doorway, 1657–1658
Ahasuerus and Haman at the Feast of Esther, 1660
Saint Bartholomew, 1661, J. Paul Getty Museum
The Syndics of the Drapers' Guild, 1662
The Conspiracy of Claudius Civilis (cut-down), 1661–62
Lucretia, 1666 (Minneapolis Institute of Art)
The Return of the Prodigal Son, detail, c. 1669 - Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
Self-portrait, c. 1628–29, pen and brush and ink on paper
Self-portrait in a cap, with eyes wide open, 1630, etching and burin
Seated Old Man (c.1630), red and black chalk on paper, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm
Suzannah and the Elders, 1634, drawing in Sanguine on paper, Kupferstichkabinett Berlin
Self-portrait with Saskia, 1636, etching, Rijksmuseum
An elephant, 1637, drawing in black chalk on paper, Albertina, Austria
Self-portrait leaning on a Sill, 1639, etching, National Gallery of Art
Christ and the woman taken in adultery, c. 1639–41, drawing in ink, Louvre
Beggars I., c. 1640–42, ink on paper, Warsaw University Library
The Windmill, 1641, etching
The Diemerdijk at Houtewael (near Amsterdam), 1648–49, pen and brown ink, brown wash, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
The Three Crosses, 1653, drypoint etching, state III of V, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Virgin and Child with a Cat, 1654, original copper etching plate above (the original copper plate), in Victoria and Albert Museum, example of the print below
Christ presented to the People, drypoint etching, 1655, state I of VIII, Rijksmuseum
Two Old Men in Conversation /Two Jews in Discussion, Walking, year unknown, black chalk and brown ink on paper, Teylers Museum
A a child being taught to walk (c. 1635). David Hockney said: "I think it's the greatest drawing ever done... It's a magnificent drawing, magnificent."<ref name="Hockney2014">{{Cite web |last=Lewis, Tim |date=16 November 2014 |title=David Hockney: 'When I'm working, I feel like Picasso, I feel I'm 30' |url=https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/nov/16/david-hockney-interview-i-feel-like-picasso |access-date=16 June 2020 |website=The Guardian |quote=David Hockney (2014): "There's a drawing by Rembrandt, I think it's the greatest drawing ever done. It's in the British Museum and it's of a family teaching a child to walk, so it's a universal thing, everybody has experienced this or seen it happen. Everybody. I used to print out Rembrandt drawings big and give them to people and say: 'If you find a better drawing send it to me. But if you find a better one it will be by Goya or Michelangelo perhaps.' But I don't think there is one actually. It's a magnificent drawing, magnificent." |archive-date=16 May 2020 |archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20200516011950/https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/nov/16/david-hockney-interview-i-feel-like-picasso |url-status=live }}</ref>
A young woman sleeping (c. 1654). Shows Rembrandt's calligraphic-style draughtsmanship.

A depiction of a biblical scene was informed by Rembrandt's knowledge of the specific text, his assimilation of classical composition, and his observations of Amsterdam's Jewish population.

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A few of Amsterdam's notable residents throughout its history include: painters Rembrandt and Van Gogh, the diarist Anne Frank, and philosopher Baruch Spinoza.

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Netherlands

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Country located in Northwestern Europe with overseas territories in the Caribbean.

Country located in Northwestern Europe with overseas territories in the Caribbean.

The name of the historic County of Holland is currently used as a pars pro toto for the Netherlands.
Oak figurine found in Willemstad (4500 BC)
The Rhine frontier around 70 AD
Franks, Frisians and Saxons (710s AD) with Traiecturm and Dorestad in the middle
Frankish expansion (481 to 870 AD)
Rorik of Dorestad, Viking ruler of Friesland (romantic 1912 depiction)
A Medieval Tombe of the Brabantian knight Arnold van der Sluijs
Map of the Habsburg dominions. From 1556 the dynasty's lands in the Low Countries were retained by the Spanish Habsburgs.
The Spanish Fury at Maastricht, 1579
Dutch East India Company factory in Hugli-Chuchura, Mughal Bengal by Hendrik van Schuylenburgh, 1665
Winter landscape with skaters near the city of Kampen by Hendrick Avercamp (1620s)
Amsterdam's Dam Square in 1656
Map of the Dutch colonial empire. Light green: territories administered by or originating from territories administered by the Dutch East India Company; dark green: the Dutch West India Company. In yellow are the territories occupied later, during the 19th century.
The submission of Diponegoro to General De Kock at the end of the Java War in 1830. Painting by Nicolaas Pieneman
Rotterdam after German air raids in 1940
Former Prime Ministers Wim Kok, Dries van Agt, Piet de Jong, Ruud Lubbers and Jan Peter Balkenende with Prime Minister Mark Rutte, in 2011
Relief map of the European Netherlands
The Christmas flood of 1717 was the result of a northwesterly storm that resulted in the death of thousands.
Map illustrating areas of the Netherlands below sea level
A polder at 5.53 metres below sea level
The Delta Works are located in the provinces of South Holland and Zeeland.
Common seals on Terschelling, a Wadden Sea island
Underwater life of Klein Bonaire
The Binnenhof, where the lower and upper houses of the States General meet
De Wallen, Amsterdam's red-light district, offers activities such as legal prostitution and a number of coffeeshops that sell marijuana, symbolising the Dutch political culture and tradition of tolerance.
The Netherlands has a culture of respectful and friendly debate. From left to right, members of the House of Representatives Sander de Rouwe (CDA), Ineke van Gent (GL), Han ten Broeke (VVD), Kees Verhoeven (D66) and Farshad Bashir (SP), 2010
Provinces and territories of the Netherlands
The Peace Palace (Vredespaleis), in The Hague
General Onno Eichelsheim is the current Chief of Defence.
Zr. Ms. Holland, a Royal Netherlands Navy offshore patrol vessel
Historical GDP per capita development (Our World in Data)
A proportional representation of Netherlands exports, 2019
The Netherlands is part of a monetary union, the Eurozone (dark blue), and the EU single market.
Natural gas concessions in the Netherlands. Today the Netherlands accounts for more than 25% of all natural gas reserves in the EU.
The Groningen gas field whose discovery in 1959 transformed the Dutch economy, generating €159 billion in revenue since the mid-1970s.
Cows near the city of Arnhem
Population of the Netherlands from 1900 to 2000
Population pyramid of the Netherlands in 2017
In Rotterdam almost half the population has an immigrant background.
Population density in the Netherlands by municipality. The largest urban area, the Randstad is clearly visible along the west coast.
Knowledge of foreign languages in the Netherlands, in per cent of the population over the age of 15, in 2006
An international primary school in The Hague
View on the Utrecht Science Park of Utrecht University. The building in the centre is the library.
Portrait of Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (1632–1723), known as "the father of microbiology"
A public hospital in Amersfoort
A1 motorway, in Gelderland
A regional train operated by Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS)
Bike passage at Rotterdam Centraal station
Some symbols and icons of Dutch culture
Carnival in North Brabant and Limburg
Dutch people in orange celebrating King's Day in Amsterdam, 2017
Pop singer Anouk in 2013
Johan Cruyff Arena, the largest Dutch concert venue
Dutch star football players Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie during a game with the Netherlands against Denmark at Euro 2012
New Amsterdam as it appeared in 1664. Under British rule it became known as New York.
Eustachius De Lannoy of the Dutch East India Company surrenders to Maharaja Marthanda Varma of the Indian Kingdom of Travancore after the Battle of Colachel. (Depiction at Padmanabhapuram Palace)
A Dutch doctor vaccinating Indonesian patients

The four largest cities in the Netherlands are Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht.

The "Dutch Masters", spanning this 17th century era, included Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Jan Steen, and Jacob van Ruisdael.

Rembrandt The Night Watch (1642)

Dutch Golden Age

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Period in the history of the Netherlands, roughly spanning the era from 1588 (the birth of the Dutch Republic) to 1672 (the Rampjaar, "Disaster Year"), in which Dutch trade, science, and art and the Dutch military were among the most acclaimed in Europe.

Period in the history of the Netherlands, roughly spanning the era from 1588 (the birth of the Dutch Republic) to 1672 (the Rampjaar, "Disaster Year"), in which Dutch trade, science, and art and the Dutch military were among the most acclaimed in Europe.

Rembrandt The Night Watch (1642)
Fishing for Souls, allegory of the Protestant-Catholic struggle
A river landscape with fishermen in rowing boats, windmills beyond, 1679
Syndics of the Drapers' Guild by Rembrandt, depicting wealthy Amsterdam burghers.
The Dutch had the largest merchant fleet in Europe in the 17th century
The Trip brothers, arms traders, built the Trippenhuis in Amsterdam, currently the seat of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, which is a typical example of 17th-century architecture.
Canal in Leiden
A family portrait, second half of the 17th century
The Dancing Couple, by Jan Steen, 1663
Interior of the Laurenskerk in Rotterdam, c. 1664
Astronomer, by Gerrit Dou, c. 1650
Portrait of Antonie van Leeuwenhoek by Jan Verkolje.
Osias Beert the Elder, Dishes with Oysters, Fruit, Candy and Wine, c. 1620/1625
Johannes Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring
The Kaaswaag (Cheese Weigh House) in Gouda, finished in 1667, was designed by architect Pieter Post (1608–1669), as was the Waag in Leiden.

Many of those moving north settled in Amsterdam, transforming what was a small harbor into one of the most important ports and commercial centres in the world by 1630.

One subject that is quite characteristic of Dutch Baroque painting is the large group portrait, especially of civic and militia guilds, such as Rembrandt van Rijn's Night Watch.

Baruch Spinoza

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Dutch philosopher of Portuguese Sephardic Jewish origin.

Dutch philosopher of Portuguese Sephardic Jewish origin.

Statue (2008) of Spinoza by Nicolas Dings, Amsterdam, Zwanenburgwal, with inscription "The objective of the state is freedom" (translation, quote from Tractatus Theologico-Politicus, 1677)
Map by Balthasar Florisz van Berckenrode (1625) with the present location of the Moses and Aaron Church in white, but also the spot where Spinoza grew up.
Spinoza lived where the Moses and Aaron Church is located now, and there is strong evidence that he may have been born there.
Ban in Portuguese of Baruch Spinoza by his Portuguese Jewish synagogue community of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, 6 Av 5416 (27 July 1656).
"Baruch Espinosa", son of Michael Espinosa was erased from the list of pupils of the school Ets Haim, Amsterdam, 17th century. His brother "Ishac" is registered just above.
Statue of Spinoza, near the Museum Het Spinozahuis in The Hague by Frédéric Hexamer
Spinoza and the Rabbis by Samuel Hirszenberg (1907)
Spinoza's house in Rijnsburg from 1661 to 1663, now a museum
Study room of Spinoza
Spinoza House in The Hague, where Spinoza lived from 1670 until his death in 1677
The opening page of Spinoza's magnum opus, Ethics
Engraving of Spinoza, captioned in Latin, "A Jew and an atheist"
Tractatus Theologico-Politicus

Spinoza was raised in the Spanish-Portuguese-Jewish community in Amsterdam.

His teachers also included the less traditional Rabbi Manasseh ben Israel, "a man of wide learning and secular interests, a friend of Vossius, Grotius, and Rembrandt".

Republic of the Seven United Netherlands in 1789

Dutch Republic

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Federal republic which existed from 1588, during the Dutch Revolt, to 1795 (the Batavian Revolution).

Federal republic which existed from 1588, during the Dutch Revolt, to 1795 (the Batavian Revolution).

Republic of the Seven United Netherlands in 1789
Silver coin: 1 ducaton Overijssel – 1734
Republic of the Seven United Netherlands in 1789
Amsterdam Stock Exchange courtyard, 1653
Silver coin: 1 ducaton Utrecht – 1772
Silver coin: 1 ducaton Holland – 1780
Silver coin: 1 ducaton Friesland – 1784
Silver coin: 1 ducaton Zeeland – 1790
Silver coin: 1 ducaton Gelderland – 1792
Silver coin: 3 gulder Utrecht –- 1795
The united provinces, with Drenthe and the Generality Lands
Sermon at the Oude Kerk at Delft, 1651
Dutch East India Company factory in Hugli-Chuchura, Mughal Bengal. Painting by Hendrik van Schuylenburgh, 1665

Artists flourished under this regime, including painters such as Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer and many others.

Later, a court ruled that the company had to reside legally in a single city, so Amsterdam is recognized as the oldest such institution based on modern trading principles.

Leiden

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City and municipality in the province of South Holland, Netherlands.

City and municipality in the province of South Holland, Netherlands.

Topographic map of Leiden
Windmill museum De Valk
Relief of Leiden (1574), painting by Otto van Veen. Inundated meadows allow the Dutch fleet access to the Spanish infantry positions.
17th-century houses along the Herengracht
Town hall and bridge (de Koornbrug)
The 1852 Sijthoff printing office, Leiden
Leiden's west gate, the Morspoort
Leiden's east gate, the Zijlpoort
The Singel at night, showing the chimney of the Light Factory
Leiden grew twelve-fold in size between 1896 and 1981, annexing land from neighboring municipalities.
Canal near Leiden - May 1978
Hooglandse Kerk, Leiden
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The 1860 Leiden Observatory, after restoration (2013)
De Waag (1900)
Leiden, central railway station
William II, Count of Holland in the Lakenhal
Rembrandt van Rijn, ca.1655
Willem van de Velde II, ca.1660)
Leoni Jansen, 2013
Herman Boerhaave
Johannes Diderik van der Waals
Alfons Groenendijk, 2017
Kjeld Nuis, 2018
Buurtpoes Bledder
The poem on Leiden's Stadhuis
Shakespeare
Langston Hughes
e.e. cummings
Waring Cuney

Leiden is located on the Oude Rijn, at a distance of some 20 km from The Hague to its south and some 40 km from Amsterdam to its north.

One of the world's most famous painters, Rembrandt, was born and educated in Leiden.

The Hague

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City and municipality of the Netherlands, situated on the west coast facing the North Sea.

City and municipality of the Netherlands, situated on the west coast facing the North Sea.

The Binnenhof at the Hofvijver, 1625
Street in The Hague by Sybrand van Beest, c. 1650, Royal Castle in Warsaw
The Old City Hall of The Hague around 1900
The Ministry of Justice and Security building, opened in 2012
Detailed topographic map of The Hague, 2014
The Hague, divided into neighbourhoods
The Hofvijver and the buildings housing the States General of the Netherlands
View of the Hoftoren (left) and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (the triangular gable right)
The Hague City Hall
The Peace Palace houses the International Court of Justice and Permanent Court of Arbitration amongst other institutions.
International Criminal Court
Meeting in the Hall of Knights during the Congress of Europe (9 May 1948)
The Hague's central financial district, Beatrixkwartier, with the modern tram viaduct called the Netkous ("Fishnet stocking")
Cars Jeans Stadion
Modern RegioCitadis tram on route 2, Loosduinen, April 2012
Internal view of The Hague Central station
The Ridderzaal inside the Binnenhof, the political centre of the Netherlands
Monument commemorating the founding of the Kingdom of the Netherlands at Plein 1813
Noordeinde Palace
Grote of Sint-Jacobskerk

With a population of over half a million, it is the third-largest city in the Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

The Hague has its share of museums, most notably the Mauritshuis, located next to the Binnenhof, which exhibits many paintings by Dutch masters, such as Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt van Rijn and Paulus Potter.

Rijksmuseum at the Museumplein in 2016

Rijksmuseum

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Rijksmuseum at the Museumplein in 2016
Isaac Gogel (1765–1821)
The atrium after the renovation in 2013
Queen Beatrix and museum director Wim Pijbes in 2013
The library in the Rijksmuseum
The Rijksmuseum was located in the Trippenhuis between 1817 and 1885.
Drawing of the design by Pierre Cuypers in 1876.
Front of Cuypers' building, circa 1895.
View of the facade by night.
Portrait of a Young Couple (1622) by Frans Hals
Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem (1630) by Rembrandt
The Meagre Company (1633–37) by Frans Hals and Pieter Codde
The Night Watch (1642) by Rembrandt
Banquet at the Crossbowmen’s Guild in Celebration of the Treaty of Münster (1648) by Bartholomeus van der Helst
The Threatened Swan ({{circa}} 1650) by Jan Asselijn
The Milkmaid ({{circa}} 1657–58) by Johannes Vermeer
The Jewish Bride ({{circa}} 1667) by Rembrandt
Girl in a Blue Dress (1641) by Johannes Cornelisz Verspronck
Landscape with Waterfall (1660s) by Jacob van Ruisdael
Shivaji's portrait (1680s) in the Rijksmuseum (1630-80)

The Rijksmuseum is the national museum of the Netherlands dedicated to Dutch arts and history and is located in Amsterdam.

The museum has on display 8,000 objects of art and history, from their total collection of 1 million objects from the years 1200–2000, among which are some masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer.

Rembrandt House Museum in 2006

Rembrandt House Museum

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Rembrandt House Museum in 2006
Bed-sitting room. The 17th-century bed did not belong to Rembrandt, but is similar to the original.
Rembrandt's collection room recreated

The Rembrandt House Museum (Museum Het Rembrandthuis) is a museum located in a former house in the Jodenbreestraat, in the center of Amsterdam.

Between 1639 and 1658, the house was occupied by the well-known Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn, who also had his studio and art dealership there.

Self-portrait by Ferdinand Bol

Ferdinand Bol

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Dutch painter, etcher and draftsman.

Dutch painter, etcher and draftsman.

Self-portrait by Ferdinand Bol
Portrait of Elisabeth Bas
Pyrrhus shows his elephant to Fabritius, Royal Palace of Amsterdam
Man in golden helmet (Mars), National Museum, Warsaw
Governors of the Wine Merchant's Guild, Alte Pinakothek, Munich
An Astronomer, National Gallery, London
Portrait of a Man, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Although his surviving work is rare, it displays Rembrandt's influence; like his master, Bol favored historical subjects, portraits, numerous self-portraits, and single figures in exotic finery.

In 1652 he became a burgher of Amsterdam, and in 1653 he married Elisabeth Dell, whose father held positions with the Admiralty of Amsterdam and the wine merchants' guild, both institutions that later gave commissions to the artist.

The Westerkerk in 2015

Westerkerk

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The Westerkerk in 2015
Fantasy ornaments on roof top of Westerkerk
Duyschot Organ Westerkerk Amsterdam
Left inside Panel of the Main organ with King David dancing in front of the Ark of the Covenant'. Made by Gerard de Lairesse in 1686
Inside of the right panel of the main organ 'The queen of Sheba is visiting King Solomon'
Choir Organ Westerkerk Amsterdam
Not realized part from Westertoren, designed by Hendrick de Keyser
Westertoren
Remembrance stone copied from The Night Watch.
Princess Beatrix and Claus van Amsberg
Interior of the Westerkerk
The grisailles on the closed 'rugwerk'

The Westerkerk (Western Church) is a Reformed church within Dutch Protestant Calvinism in central Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Rembrandt van Rijn was buried somewhere under a tombstone in the Westerkerk on October 8, 1669.