Rijksmuseum

Posted: December 17, 2013 in Amsterdam, History, Netherlands, Post medieval history
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During our recent visit to Amsterdam we visited the Rijksmuseum. This is the national museum housing both a historical and art collection.

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam 09.12.2013
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Photo by frankfp47 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frankfp47/)

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The most famous painting in the museum is the Nightwatch by Rembrandt

A more relaxed night-watch- by Rembrant (fake)
Photo by tutincommon (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10647023@N04/)

But I chose the painting below as my favourite. It is a picture of the battle of Waterloo by Jan Willem Pienemann and shows the moment when the Duke of Wellington (the British Commander) hears that the Prussian army has arrived at Waterloo. This was the turning point of the battle which till then had been very even. Napoleon’s plan has relied on being able to keep the Prussians from making it to the battle before he had beaten the British and their allies but although it was a close run thing the French army failed to do this and the battle was lost.

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