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Dolls’ house of Petronella Oortman

anonymous, c. 1686 - c. 1710, furniture, BK-NM-1010

The exterior of this dolls house is a work of art in its own right, with its mother-of-pearl and pewter veneer. The owners’ initials - Petronella Oortman and her husband Johannes Brandt, a cloth merchant in Amsterdam - are inlaid on both sides. Remarkably, all the domestic furnishings were made…

On display in room 2.20

Girl in a White Kimono

George Hendrik Breitner, 1894, painting, SK-A-3584

Inspired by Japanese prints, Breitner painted at least twelve versions of this girl in a white kimono around 1894. Each time, her pose is different and the kimono is a different colour. Here the embroidered white silk kimono with red trimmed sleeves and orange belt are what draw our attention. The…

On display in room 1.18

Night Watch, Militia Company of…

Rembrandt van Rijn, 1642, painting, SK-C-5

Rembrandt’s largest, most famous canvas was made for the Arquebusiers guild hall. This was one of several halls of Amsterdam’s civic guard, the city’s militia and police. Rembrandt was the first to paint figures in a group portrait actually doing something. The captain, dressed in black, is…

On display in Nightwatch gallery

Haarlem reception room 1794

Abraham van der Hart, c. 1793 - c. 1795, BK-15613

This interior is from the home of merchant and art collector Willem Philip Kops, at Nieuwe Gracht 74 in Haarlem. The room was probably used for evening receptions. It is complete, except for the stucco ceiling. Abraham van der Hart, Amsterdam’s municipal architect, created a complete neoclassical…

On display in room 1.7

Bust of a Man Hendrik de Keyser…

Hendrick de Keyser (I), 1606, figure, BK-NM-4191

On display in room 2.5

Amsterdam as the Centre of World…

Pieter Isaacsz., c. 1604 - c. 1607, painting, SK-A-4947

Salome with the Head of John the…

Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen, 1524, painting, SK-C-1349

On display in room 0.6

Man and Woman at a Spinning Wheel

Pieter Pietersz. (I), c. 1560 - c. 1570, painting, SK-A-3962

Cutlery canteen

Johannes Schiotling, 1772, BK-1964-13

On display in room 1.2