"Rijksmuseum III - Beautiful child portrait." Rijksmuseum Tip by breughel

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: 214 reviews and 361 photos

  Girl dressed in Blue" on the Rijksmuseum facade.
by breughel
  • Girl dressed in Blue" on the Rijksmuseum facade. - Amsterdam
      Girl dressed in Blue" on the Rijksmuseum facade.
    by breughel
  • J. C. Verspronck "Girl dressed in Blue" - Amsterdam
      J. C. Verspronck "Girl dressed in Blue"
    by breughel

I discovered this portrait from Johannes Cornelsz. Verspronck "Portrait of a Girl dressed in Blue" (1641) at my first visit at the Rijksmuseum at the beginning of the nineties.
I got very much impressed by her gentle somewhat melancholic smile.
This girl about ten years old must be of a wealthy family according to her dress and jewels. It should be noted that in that time children were considered as mini adults and girls dressed like adult women.

J. Verspronck, as always in his portraits, painted with a perfect depiction of the tissues and the details. Look at the very fine blond hair of the girl, the dark blue eyes and the red cheeks.
I always found that this portrait expressed much tenderness and emotion.
I don't know who she is. This wonderful portrait hangs in room 7.

When I saw that the museum curator had chosen a large reproduction of my favoured portrait of a "Girl dressed in Blue" to hang on the façade of the Rijksmuseum building I felt very pleased.

Adults: € 12,50.
18 and under: free. With Museum card : free
Tickets can be bought online.
Open every day from 9:00 to 18:00 h.
It is not permitted to take photographs or make video recordings or films.

From 16 December 2010 to 21 March 2011 thirty five of the best paintings of this Dutch master from the Golden Age are on show at the Rijksmuseum.
Along with Vermeer, Jan Steen, Gerard ter Borch and Pieter de Hooch, Metsu was one of the leading genre painters of the 17th century. If you like Vermeer don't miss Metsu especially his "Sick Child".

Address: Stadhouderskade 42
Phone: +31-20-6747047
Website: http://www.rijksmuseum.nl

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