A closer look at the famous 17th century paintings in the Rijksmuseum. Together we examine 9-10 paintings. After a short introduction on each work, a series of questions will lead us into a detailed study of the work at hand. What viewpoint is used? What strikes you, and why? How was it painted? Knowledge of art history or painting techniques is not necessary. The questions will help you better understand the pictures and how they were made. What you learn in this tour you can be applied to all your future museum visits! (1.5 hrs – EUR 120)
CultuRAbile offers three options for this tour: 17th century landscapes, 17th century portraits and 17th century still lifes. If you book all three tours as a series (3x 1.5 hour) a EUR 100 discount applies (EUR 260). | Bookings |
A visit to the cellars of the Rijksmuseum. Here you will meet the paintings of the relatively unknown Middle Ages collection of the museum. What do we know about these works that were made over 500 years ago and how do we know this? How were they produced, for whom and why? What are the newest insights in the ongoing research of these works and how do they help us understand them better? (1 hour – EUR 85) | Bookings |
A hidden gem! A 17th century canal house, refurbished in 1865 by Abraham Willet and his wife Louise Holthuysen. All of the fashionable elite of Amsterdam came to see this, and now you can see it too. CultuRAbile offers a one hour tour that will inform you of daily life in this house around 1865. The tour will touch upon the interesting history of this museum (opened in 1896). Over time, various ideas about this museum and its purpose have shaped and reshaped the interiors and exhibits. CultuRAbile will show some of the traces of this (ongoing) process. (1 hour – EUR 85) | Bookings |
The only surviving 17th century catholic house-church in Amsterdam is home to a CultuRAbile tour on religion and tolerance. Why were these house-churches built? Who knew about these hidden places of worship? Were they a symptom of suppression or was it a sign of tolerance? How long did it last? (1 hour – EUR 85)
This tour can also include a visit to the Oude Kerk (Old Church) nearby. In 1578 it became a protestant church but originally it was built as a catholic house of worship. This still shows in many details, if you know what to look for, and CultuRAbile does know. The Old Church can only be booked in combination with Our Lord in the Attic, and the tour will then take 1.5 hours – EUR 120. This does not include entrance to the church at EUR 10 per person. Some tourist city passes give a discount or even free entrance. Check the internet (e.g. https://whatsupwithamsterdam.com/amsterdam-city-passes) to find out which of the available passes best suits your needs.
Currently the Oude Kerk is home to an artproject by the Argentine artist Villar Rojas. Unfortunately because of this art project historic tours of the church are impossible up to mid May 2020.
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