294 Route 40. AMSTERDAM. Ryks Muséum.
extensive and highly valuable collection, chiefiy of works by Rem¬
brandt and his contemporaries and pupils. The collection com¬
prises about 150,000 plates, more than 400 albums with complète
séries of the works of différent masters, about 400 drawings, a
historical atlas of the Netherlands, and a large number of portraits
(presented by M. D. Franken). The Director is M. Ph. van der
Kellen. The finest and rarest engravings are arranged round the
columns and on stands (the arrangement is frequently changed).
Column I. The oldest engravings (1480-1550), of great rarity and many
of them unique. 1. St. Eligius (Eloi), by the 'Master of the Garden of
Love'. 2. Twenty-one engravings by the so-called 'Master of the Van Eyck
School', also known as the 'Master of 14SO' or the 'Master of the Amster¬
dam Cabinet of Engravings'. 3. Six works by différent masters of the
Van Eyck school. In ail the Muséum possesses 90 engravings by the above
masters, or more than ail the other collections of Europe put together. —-
4. Master L. Cz., Temptation; 5. A. Duhamel, Last Judgment and St. Christ¬
opher; 6. Master B., Monstrance; 7. Lucas van Leyden, Nineteen engra¬
vings (including the large 'Ecce Homo' and a Mary Magdalene) and one
wood-cut (Samson and Delilah); 8. Dirk van der Sler; 9a-9c. Jac. Cor-
nelisz; 11. Allard Claesz; 12. F. Crabbe; 13a-13c. Cornelis Antonisz.
Column II. Engravings and Etchings of 1550-1630, by Corn. Matsys,
P. Huys, F. Huys, C. Bos, Fr. Floris, Suavius, C. Cort, Goltzius and his
pupils, J. Millier, J. Saenredam, J. Matham, and De Gheyn. Hère are
also three so-called Clair-Obscurs, the earliest examples of printing in
colours (end of the 16th cent.), consisting of wood-cuts printed from three
or four plates.
Column III. 'Rembrandt (comp. p. lvi) and his School (17th cent.). —
Column IV. Dutch and Flemish Schools, including Rubens and Van Dyck.
— Column V. Dutch School of the 17th cent., including Delft, J. van de
Velde, Bloemaert, Hondius, etc. — Column VI. Modem Dutch School, from
the end of the 17th cent, to the présent day. — On the ten stands and
on the walls are drawings by old masters and other engravings of the
Dutch, German, English, and Italian schools.
The Library, to the S. of the Cabinet of Engravings, occupies
a projecting wing and extends through ail three stories, the com¬
munication being maintained by an élégant iron staircase. The
upper rooms contain two Collections of Coins.
The basement of the Cabinet of Engravings is occupied by the
Muséum Refreshment Rooms.
The adjoining Rooms 202 and 203 are to be devoted to the
extensive and important collection of Japanese and Chinese Por¬
celain and Lacquer Work and to the collection of Delft Ware. They
will also contain the collection of Dutch Toys, with doll-houses
affording miniature reproductions of early-Dutch interiors.
The staircases in the E. and W. vestibule lead to the First
Floor, which is almost entirely occupied by the **Gallery of
Paintings (Schilderyenverzameling), the finest in Holland. The
muséum was founded by King Louis Napoléon, who caused those
works of art belonging to the Prince of Orange which had not been
removed to Paris to be collected in the Huis ten Bosch at the
Hague (p. 2b7), and afterwards to be taken to Amsterdam when
his résidence was transferred to that city in 1808. The collection
has since been gr»»*'" i'ici-m»»!) hv hhwIimpb °-ifts, and bequests.