The Rijksmuseum Reborn

Ref: C3742416

The recent re-opening of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam allows to explore the rich variety of art produced in Flanders and Holland from the middle ages to the 20th century. The study of the origins and development of the museum will be followed by the examination of masterpieces such as Rembrandt’s Nightwatch, Vermeer’s Milkmaid and Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait. Content style and technique of landscapes and images of daily life, still life and portraiture will be explored within the cultural context in which they were produced.

Course aim

To introduce students to the history of the Rijksmuseum and masterpieces from its collections; the focus of the day will be on Dutch paintings but consideration will be given also to other art forms and some outstanding foreign exhibits.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Examine three of the artworks studied during the day in a critical manner.
  • List two functions of the Rijksmuseum.
  • List two features of the museum buildings.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Students might study some aspects of the museum’s collections in more detail by attending further WEA courses and by doing some independent reading.

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The Rijksmuseum Reborn


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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