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September 9, 2006

Mr. Crumpet admires the great Dutch artists, especially the incomparable Rembrandt van Rijn, born 400 years ago this year.

The Sampling Officials, Rembrandt, 1662

“The tall hats, of course,” nods Orange Bear. “Oh, yeah, that chiaroscuro business, too. Right.”

One of the largest collections of Rembrandt’s works can be found at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The museum also features a substantial number of works from the Dutch Golden Age. Starting this fall and into next year, some of those classic pieces will be on exhibit in the U.S.: Dayton Art Institute (Sept 06–Jan 07), Phoenix Art Museum (Jan 07–May 07), and Portland (Oregon) Art Museum (May 07–Sept 07).

The Rijksmuseum also offers a way to view their collection from the comfort of your own home. Phil the Owl just put the Rijksmuseum’s widget on Mr. Crumpet’s computer.

“It’s easy! Now you can look at a new masterpiece every day,” says Phil.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. A Feline Ally permalink
    September 12, 2006 3:51 pm

    Thanks for sharing this classy/classical widget! Making it accessible for widget-disinclined folks!

  2. September 24, 2006 7:29 am

    I went to Holland and the Rijksmuseum and saw the “Night Watch” up close and personal. It is amazing how huge it is (it covers one wall). I don’t remember seeing the ‘Sampling Officials’. Although, there is a ton of art at this museum. It was definitely a highlight of our trip.

    Love your blog, I think I’ll look around. Stop by for a visit too!


  3. September 25, 2006 6:00 am

    Good morning, Mr. Crumpet, just checking in.

  4. September 28, 2006 1:50 pm

    Thanks for stopping by, Al!

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