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The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam


The Rijksmuseum is a Netherlands national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam. The museum is located at the Museum Square in the borough Amsterdam South. The renovation of the museum initially was to take only five years, but was delayed and eventually took almost ten years to complete. On 13 April 2013, the main building was reopened to the public. The purpose of this blog post is to draw attention large and magnificent glass collections. The Rijksmuseum owns close to 2000 glass objects ranging from delicate Venetian glass to Waldglas (‘forest glass’: robust green beakers with prunts; roemers and berkemeiers, types of drinking glasses) and 18th-century engraved glass to modern pieces crafted by the 19th-century French glass blower Emile Gallé and the 20th-century Dutch artist Andries Copier. The core of the collection comprises Dutch glass, either produced and/or engraved in the Netherlands. Inscriptions and images were engraved on glass in a variety of techniques particularly in the 17th and 18th century. Among the exceptional objects are a roemer with a poem to Constantijn Huygens engraved by Anna Roemer Visscher, a dish with a calligraphed text by the glass engraver and poet Willem van Heemskerk, and an elegant wine glass with a scene engraved by Willem Fortuyn. The museum also boasts a 16th-century ‘dice glass’ (with a die still enclosed in the base). In addition there are international masterpieces, such as various fantastically shaped and coloured Venetian glasses and bottles. (This description was taken from the museum web page)


The glass shown below is from their collection of Roemers, Waldglass and Facon de Venise.






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