Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Dutch Art, at the Rijksmuseum:

Yesterday I meandered over, once again, to the the Rijksmuseum. While there, I read the most recent issue of Elephant magazine–a periodical devoted to 'arts and visual culture'; specifically its articles about the relevancy of painting today and how its imagery–in person, and not on a screen–are just as powerful now as they were, for instance, during the Renaissance. After my arrival, I climbed the stairs to the 'Gallery of Honour', which is the location of the most prize paintings in the museum's collection. Included in the gallery is Jan Asselijn's 'The Threatened Swan', which just so happens to hang alongside Willem van Aelst's 'Floral Still Life with a Pocket Watch' (below), and both of which I sat in front of while hopelessly lost deep within the words on the pages of the periodical in front of me. Transcending was the experience, as it's not everyday I go to the Rijskmuseum to read, rather than observe. What a wonderful reading room the 'Gallery of Honour' is proving to be.