Self-Portrait with Curly Hair and White Collar, Rembrandt van Rijn
Rembrandt van Rijn was fascinated by the effects of light. This can also be seen in this self-portrait from about 1630, as he keeps one side of his face in shadow.
The fame of the masterpieces in the Rijksmuseum’s collections makes it one of the most famous museums in the world. Just think of the magnetic appeal of works like The Milkmaid by Vermeer, Self-portrait by Van Gogh, The Merry Family by Jan Steen, Rembrandt’s Night Watch and, of course, Marten and Oopjen. But there are many other pieces in the collection that could take you by surprise and capture your imagination. Some other highlights from the museum include the Gallery of Honour with masterpieces by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Jan Steen; the collection of doll’s houses, model ships and armoury; and the Cuypers Library, which houses the oldest and biggest collection of art history books in the Netherlands. And don’t forget the captivating works of Breitner and the Asian Pavilion!
No matter how old you are, or where you’re from, you’ll discover something new at the Rijksmuseum. And for that, you don’t even need to leave your chair – the museum features a wide range of online exhibitions and digitally accessible works of art.