Gallery of Honour

The Gallery of Honour is an extended corridor directed towards a clear focal point: the Night Watch Gallery. On view in the side alcoves are masterpieces by the great artists of the seventeenth century. Framing the alcoves are cast iron beams inscribed with the names of the famous painters of the age. Semi-circular wall sections above display the coats of arms of the eleven provinces of the Netherlands and their respective capital cities. In the original building, the side alcoves were screened off with heavy curtains that served – akin to a church – to draw visitors towards the ‘high altar’ of The Night Watch at the end.

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Present and Past

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Moving into the Gallery of Honour

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Gallery of Honour after the restoration of 1957-1958 when it was completely whitewashed.

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Gallery of Honour, c. 1957 - c. 1958

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Evacuation in 1939 in response to the threat of war.

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Gallery of Honour, 1926–1939

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Beginning in the 1920s, the vault decorations disappeared under a layer of white and the alcoves were divested of their ornamentation and curtains.

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View from the Gallery of Honour into the Rembrandt Gallery. The spaces above the passageways were already partially decorated with allegorical paintings in 1898 and formed one of the components of the building's large-scale decorative programme

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History of the Rijksmuseum

Our online collection contains a lot more photographs of the Rijksmuseum throughout the years. This link shows, for instance, what the Gallery of Honour used to look like.

Curious about the rich history of Rijksmuseum building and galleries? Take a look in the historical archive.

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