The room with the Seven Works of Mercy and the Saint Elisabeth’s Day Flood. And the ten ‘weepers’. Plus Maarten van Heemskerck.
Meester van Alkmaar
Every time we passed by this painting, my parents had to drag me along. There is so much to see here. It’s a time machine.
‘Give liberally to the poor, God will have mercy on you in return’. Adam Smith would agree: always keep a keen eye on your own advantage.
I can feel the wood on my hands, when closing the hatches of the windows. Separated by five centuries and yet: tactile proximity.
Refreshing the thirsty. As in the other panels, Jesus observes what is going on. He knew a thing (or two) about multiplying bread and wine.
In this case I would like an expert to fill and reconstruct the damaged faces. It is as if the grave diggers wear masks.
Lodging the travellers. ‘Introducing Airbnb Plus: A new selection of the highest quality homes, with hosts who are known for great reviews‘.
Sick people are rare in paintings. A certain ‘Tineke’ made a Rijksstudio-collection called ‘zieke vrouwen’. Have a look, though it is sad.
My mother, a retired school teacher, sent presents to American murderers on death row. I did not like that. Maybe it was good for her soul.
Meester van de Heilige Elisabeth-Panelen
The look of Google Earth. It reminds the Dutch of the 1953 flooding. Part of a religious piece, yet it feels like a secular work.
When I was ten (and this painting hung in the History Rooms) I could read and understand this one better than anything Rembrandt painted.
Meester van Rhenen
Lots of things going on here, but first and foremost the horrors of war: plundering, arsony, looting, killing. Goya in 1499.
My friend Claudine collects reproductions of the tower of Babel. This is one of the oldest. And that building is so low... just two floors!
Renier van Thienen
Jan Borman (II)
Maarten van Heemskerck
‘Judging from the word ‘betaelt’ in his account book, he is paying his debts’. Max Weber should have used it: the ‘spirit of Capitalism‘.
Anna Codde graced the front cover of the French guide to the museum (by E.R. Meijer) in 1974. I love her! But Pieter Bicker watches me.
Jan van Scorel
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