Netherlands - An Introduction to Dutch Painters
Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Escher and more
Home to one of Europe’s fast developing contemporary markets, the Netherland’s growing buzz of artistic creativity is really nothing new. On this tour, we are privileged to study some of the incredible paintings that were created in this wonderful country. From Rembrandt’s The Night Watch to Vermeer’s The Milkmaid, we get the opportunity to stand before some truly fantastic masterworks that are known and loved around the world.
Paint, however, is not the only medium in which the creative Dutch excel. This is evident when we visit the town of Delft, famed for its striking blue and white pottery, and also the Stedelejik Museum, where modern art is celebrated in a broad variety of art forms. Add to this an out of hours tour of the Rembrandt House Museum and a glide along Amsterdam’s legendary canals by private boat, and you have all the makings of a perfectly composed cultural holiday.
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- Pay a low deposit of £99, was £500.
Single supplement: £600
Day 1 - London - Amsterdam
We fly to Amsterdam and later visit the Rembrandt House for our special out of hours tour. Rembrandt lived here between 1639 to 1648 and the interior has been skilfully restored to its former glory. Furniture, art and ornaments have been replaced based on an inventory that was drawn up when Rembrandt was declared bankrupt and the seventeenth century cleverly reconstructed to represent the life of Rembrandt as artist, teacher, collector and businessman. The Museum also displays paintings by Rembrandt’s contemporaries including those of his teacher Pieter Lastman.
|Hotel||Park Centraal - Amsterdam|
Day 2 - Amsterdam
This morning we visit the Rijksmuseum, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Museum Square and dedicated to the vibrant arts and rich history of Amsterdam. Over a million pieces of artwork are housed here with around 8000 on display. Many world-renowned paintings are on permanent display including Rembrandt’s Night Watch and Johannes Vermeer’s The Milkmaid as well as several important paintings by Van Gogh. In the afternoon we are treated to a private boat trip from the museum to the 17th century canal house and museum, Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder where we spend some time discovering its interesting interior.
Day 3 - Amsterdam – The Hague
Today we visit the stunning Dutch capital The Hague where we explore the Mauritshuis Museum. This palace in miniature, built by the architect Jacob van Campen, boasts an incredible collection of Dutch paintings from the Golden Age. Its most famous paintings The Girl with the Pearl Earring, Rembrandt’s last self-portrait and Carel Fabritius’ tiny Goldfinch are beautifully displayed here. After lunch we visit the Escher Museum, dedicated to the artist M. C. Escher one of the world’s most celebrated graphic artists from the last century. Inspired by mathematical concepts like infinity, his woodcuts, illustrations and lithographs express a high level of technical expertise and meticulous attention to detail. The collection is housed in the 18th century Lange Voorhout Palace, which was once owned by Dutch royalty and used as a Winter Palace by Queen Mother Emma of the Netherlands.
Day 4 - Amsterdam
A day of rich culture, starting with visits to the excellent Van Gogh Museum which curates the largest collection of work by the artist and traces his life through familiar paintings and wonderful little-known pieces. It is the thoughtful special exhibitions – for example, the influence of Japanese prints on van Gogh’s work – which are often the unexpected highlights of a visit here. Later we visit Stedelijk Museum, founded in 1874 and dedicated to contemporary art and design. Its world- renowned collection includes major works representing such movements as Bauhaus, De Stilj, abstract impressionism and pop art. We end the day at Zaanse Schans, an open-air museum on the banks of the Zaan river where we see windmills in operation and attend a workshop of traditional clog making in the Netherlands.
|Hotel||Park Centraal - Amsterdam|
|Meals included||Breakfast, Lunch|
Day 5 - Amsterdam - Delft
This morning we travel to the canal-ringed city of Delft one of the prettiest towns in the Netherlands. A relatively small town now, at the height of the Golden Age, Delft pottery makers became so successful, there were 30 working factories here and their methods were copied across Europe. We take a leisurely walking tour through the old town before visiting the Vermeer Information Centre. Scale copies of the few known artworks by Vermeer are displayed here as well as exhibitions devoted to his work method can be seen here which help to demonstrate why he came to be known as the master of light. To end the day, we visit a pottery factory to learn how the elegant term faience has become synonymous with ‘delftware’.
Day 6 - Amsterdam - London
We have a little free time this morning before we return to the airport for our flight back to London.
Tour dates & prices
Included in your cost:
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Professional Tour Manager
- Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
- Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
- Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
- All taxes & gratuities
- Field notes
|Tour Departure||Tour ID||Departure date||Return Date||Guided by||Price||Deposit||Single Supp.||Availability|
|6 July 2021||AZAN210706||6 July 2021 (Tuesday)||11 July 2021 (Sunday)||Dr Agata Chrzanowska||£2,695
|31 August 2021||AZAN210831||31 August 2021 (Tuesday)||5 September 2021 (Sunday)||Dr Agata Chrzanowska||£2,755