Dolls’ house of Petronella Oortman

anonymous, c. 1686 - c. 1710, furniture, BK-NM-1010

The exterior of this dolls house is a work of art in its own right, with its mother-of-pearl and pewter veneer. The owners’ initials - Petronella Oortman and her husband Johannes Brandt, a cloth merchant in Amsterdam - are inlaid on both sides. Remarkably, all the domestic furnishings were made…

On display in room 2.20

The Night Watch

Rembrandt van Rijn, 1642, painting, SK-C-5

Rembrandt’s largest, most famous canvas was made for the Arquebusiers guild hall. This was one of several halls of Amsterdam’s civic guard, the city’s militia and police. Rembrandt was the first to paint figures in a group portrait actually doing something. The captain, dressed in black, is…

On display in room 2.31

Portrait of Andries de Graeff

Artus Quellinus (I), 1661, bust, BK-18305

The De Graeffs were one of the leading merchant families of Amsterdam and highly influential. Like his father and brother, Andries was also a burgomaster. The superb bust was carved by Quellinus, who had been brought from Antwerp to Amsterdam to create sculptures for the new town hall. The plinth…

On display in room 2.18

Marten Soolmans (1613-1641)

Rembrandt van Rijn, 1634, painting, SK-A-5033

On display in Philips wing, room 1.4

Oopjen Coppit (1611-1689)

Rembrandt van Rijn, 1634, painting, SK-C-1768

On display in Philips wing, room 1.4

View of the Golden Bend in the…

Gerrit Adriaensz. Berckheyde, 1671 - 1672, painting, SK-A-5003

Here we see the canal as it was, shortly before 1672. The crisis that would mark that year had yet to break, and construction is proceeding apace. One house in the background is wrapped in scaffolding; at the start of Spiegelstraat workers are laying paving stones, while building materials lie round…

On display in room 2.27

Funeral Shield of the Cobblers’…

Johannes Grill, 1643, BK-AM-18-C

On display in room 0.7

Two candlesticks

anonymous, 1668, candlestick, BK-1968-30-A

On display in room 2.19

Two glass holders

Leendert Claesz (attributed to), 1609, BK-AM-16-C

On display in room 2.12

Ewer and basin with the arms of…

Jacques Bogaert (attributed to), 1608, BK-NM-5326

On display in room 2.12