Saturday, January 16, 2010

Excursion: Amsterdam Historisch Museum

Yesterday I have had my last Dutch lesson. In order to have the perfect closing we headed at 11a.m. to the Amsterdam Historisch Museum for an excursion with a guide, especially for our group. Although we still have some lessons next week before our exams in the end of this month, this excursion helps to understand and give life to what we have learned about the city. I think I have been 4 times at the Historisch Museum, during my first years in the NL. The collection is formed by more of 65.000 objects and is displayed in a much more interesting way now. Yesterday I didn't have time to take pics AND make notes, so probably I will pay another visit to this museum in the short future and come back here to update this post with more notes.

The museum is housed in magnificent buildings,
once the city Orphanage.
The collection consists of paintings, prints, marquettes,
objects and archelogical finds and shows how Amsterdam grew
from a small medieval town to a world famous centre.

But let's begin from the beginning, shall we ?

We start with the Regent's room...

above and below: ceiling, detail

Medieval Aemstelle

above and below: door, detail

Maritime power...

Fine porcelain...

Aaaah, I love tiles, antique Dutch tiles
(AND Portuguese azulejos, Spanish tiles or Moroccan ones... )

Charlotte's tone of hair matches very well with the tones of this work of art, where an old map of the early settlement of Amsterdam is depicted.

(A bit of history now: Although modern historians do not exclude the possibility that during the Roman period some form of settlement existed at the mouth of the Amstel River, no evidence of one has ever been found. So far as is known, Amsterdam originated as a small fishing village in the 13th century ad. To protect themselves from floods, the early inhabitants had to build dikes on both sides of the river Aemstell, and about 1270 they built a dam between these dikes.)

Amsterdam old City Hall, Gothic style

Above: Paleis op de Dam, maquette

Guide Tourya explain us about this painting where the new Amsterdam City Hall being built(XVII century) is depicted.

Detail from picture above. On the left side some of the nieukomers in Amsterdam: on the left side a Portuguese Jewish family is depicted. On the right side some oriental characters, probably Christian Armenians.

(Click on any of the photos from this post in order to enlarge them)

No, this is not a painting... or almost.
That's the outside view from one of the windows at the museum.
Pretty, huh ?
Ta-da !
And here we are, the whole group - or almost - showing our happy little faces.
The tallest guy in the middle is, of course, our proud Dutch teacher.
Mission accomplished !


Jaboticaba Preta said...

Gostei muito das fotos. Ficaram com ótima qualidade.

Seu curso de Holandês é tipo inburgering ou só o idioma?

Anonymous said...

Wat is er een mooie blog.... je hebt een leuk verslag gemaakt en bedank voor de foto !!!

Groetjes gloria

Sarah said...

Great post. I like the museum photos!

by Faby said...

LIndas as fotos Ana...
Este final de semana estava vendo um documentário feito pela BBC sobre Vermeer. Adoro suas pinturas e passou lindas imagens da Holanda. Me deu uma saudades....

J said...

oh, you can`t imagine how strongly I want to see this museum!