Virtually explore the Rijksmuseum with Smarthistory as your guide
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Andries Beeckman's landscape painting with the so-called Castle of Batavia (in what is today Jakarta, Indonesia) highlights Dutch prowess and strength during their ascension to colonial power in the seventeenth century.
De Bry's images of the Americas affirm and assert a sense of European superiority.
With its almost sculptural surface and dazzling range of textures, this painting once reduced van Gogh to tears.
Kalf celebrates the fruits of life but reminds us of our mortality. The light—and his technique—are otherworldly.
Naughty or nice? With characteristic wit, Steen depicts the joys and disappointments of a festive morning.
As drums beat, a dog barks and a gun smokes. This lively, illuminated scene breaks the mold of group portraiture.