Ryks Muséum. AMSTERDAM. 40. Route. 295
On the building of the new muséum the modem pictures in the
Pavilion at Haarlem and the collections (corporation-pièces, etc.)
in the Stadhuis, the Huissittenhuis, the Muséum van der Hoop,
etc., were united. with the royal collection. The gallery now con¬
tains about 1600 works. The director is Mr. Fr. O. O. Obreen.
The illustrated catalogue, by A. Bredius (1 fl.), and photographs
of the principal paintings are sold in the vestibule.
The Vbstibulb, 130 ft. long, which we enter flrst, is adorned
with fine stained-glass Windows, executed by W. J. Dixon of
London. The three njiddle Windows refer to the chief periods of
Painting, Architecture, and Sculpture, and the two side Windows
to the other Arts and to Science, while the twelve upper panes
represent the various professions and trades. The walls are to be
adorned with historical paintings. — The tasteful painted déco¬
ration of the vestibule is repeated in the apartments destined for
From the Vestibule we flrst enter the large Hall of Honour,
which occupies the central portion of the building, and is divided
into eight cabinets by short partitions on both sides.
To the right. Cabinet 1. (No. 247 H.). To the right, 474.
B. van der Helst, Gérard Bicker, Judge of Muiden ; 1402. Abr.
van den Tempel, Portrait; 1280. Dirck Santvoort, Dirck Bas,
Burgomaster of Amsterdam, and his family; 136. F. Bol, Mother
and children ; 473. Van der Helst, Andréas Bicker, Burgomaster of
Amsterdam; 1401. Van den Tempel, Portrait; 132. Zach. Blyhooft,
Portrait; 1004. J. A. Mytens, Portrait; 660. Hondecoeter, The
philosophical magpie ; 31. J. A. Backer, Six Régents ofthe Huis¬
sittenhuis; 1259. P. J. Saenredam, Interior of St. Mary's Church at
Utrecht; 661. Hondecoeter, Courtyard; 459. J. D. de Heem, Flow¬
ers and fruit; 961. A. Mignon, Flowers; 137. F. Bol, The lesson.
Cabinet 2 (246 G.). To the right, 400. J. Glauber, Diana at
the bath; *441. Frans Hals, The artist and his wife in a garden;
676. G. Honthorst, Mocking of Christ; 1463-67. W. van Valckert,
Five scènes from the poor-house of Amsterdam (beginning of the
17th cent.); 1605. J. Weenix, Farm-yard; 879. J. Lyon, Com¬
pany of Capt. Jacob Pietersz Hooghkamer.
*665. Melchior d'Hondecoeter, Pélican, ducks, and peacock,
known as 'la plume flottante'.
No one has painted cocks and hens, ducks and drakes, and especially
chickens, so perfectly as Melchior d'Hondecoeter. He paints such fami¬
lies with insight and sympathy, as Italians paint the mystical Holy Fa¬
mily; he expresses the mother-love of a lien as Raphaël expresses the
mother-love of a Madonna. We hâve hère a maternai scène by Honde¬
coeter which vies with the Madonna délia Sedia in respect of tender-
ness .... Of the eight pictures by Hondecoeter in the Muséum of Am¬
sterdam, 'the floating feather' is the most famous. The faintest breath
of wind would blow it away'. Burger. Musées de la Hollande.
767. Thos. de Keyser, Company of Capt. Allart Cloeck.
Cabinet 3 (245 F.). To the right, *468. B. van der Helst,