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My name is Scott and I like to travel. There I said it, wow that does feel better. There is probably a program for my affliction somewhere. I am what I would consider a Normal Guy. I am a native Arizonan, sometimes we are called “Zonies”. I am in my mid 40′s and enjoy a great life. I am self employed and have a wonderful daughter and Partner. Although I would say my life is a fairly normal one, I am also quite lucky in that I have the ability to travel and enjoy the world, I enjoy learning about other cultures and experiencing the world around us. I want to be right upfront about the type of travel I enjoy and the type I don’t. You will probably not ever read a story of about me backpacking my way through the serengeti during the height of summer, nor will you probably read any stories of me sleeping in the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton in Paris. I am not a budget traveler, nor am I an uber luxury traveler, I fall somewhere in the middle, where most people fall I believe. I started this blog for the sole purpose of sharing my stories, my views and my excitement for traveling around this world with my friends, family. However it doesn’t stop there for me, I also wanted to make friends with others around the world, those who travel and those who dream of travel. Blogs and Websites evolve over time, mine will no doubt expand over time as well please come back and see what has taken place. However if you have come to my blog to schedule a flight or a hotel, this is not the place.

Hermitage of Amsterdam

The Hermitage Museum which is on the Amstel River (Yes, Amstel beer drinkers, there really is an Amstel River) is the dutch branch of the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, Russia.  This is an outstanding Museum, the lobby is very modern, which is cool when juxtaposed with the actual art in the museum.

Splendor and Glory is suffused with the spiritual ambiance of 10 centuries of outstanding Russian art.  more than 300 religious artifacts provide an overview of the time honored mystical and artistic traditions of the Russian Orthodox Church.  The exhibition walls are filled with a wealth of icons, large and small, centuries old and world famous.  Icons are sometimes called “windows on eternity”, for they reveal a small piece of heaven.  Their beauty is without parallel.

The exhibition uses examples of the various artistic schools, each with their own stylistic characteristics, to present the origin and development of Russian icon painting, with Kiev as it’s birthplace.  Photographs of important churches and monasteries in traditional religious centers such as Novgorod and Pskov illustrate the flourishing of monastic and ecclesiastical life.  Texts and images present important themes such as origins and tradition.

Old Russia and the earliest religious centers and the spread of Christianity in Russia.  Attention is also paid to the suppression of the Church by the Soviet regime and it’s renaissance in the wake of the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991.  Russian Orthodox religious artifacts continue to stir the imagination with their gold and glitter.

Portrait of Ivan Morozov

Morozov and Shchukin
The Hermitage’s impressive collection originated with the famous Russian collectors Ivan Morozov (1871-1921) and Sergej Shchukin (1854-1936). Both were textile dealers, and they brought French art to Russia because they wanted to change the course of art in their homeland. They provided a tremendous stimulus.

Portrait of Sergej Shchukin

Shchukin was the most conspicuous collector of his time; no one else bought so many works by Picasso (51) and Matisse (37). Morozov and Shchukin dared to buy the revolutionary paintings – sometimes with the paint still wet – and during the turn of the century they dominated the art world in Moscow. What they bought was shown at regular intervals in their own house. This enabled the young Russian artists to see what was in vogue in France. With the outbreak of the First World War collecting came to an end. During the October Revolution of 1917 the two collections were confiscated, and in 1948 a large part of them was given to the Hermitage in St.- Petersburg.

Artists like Matisse, Picasso, Derain, De Vlaminck and Van Dongen were searching for renewal, for liberation from nature and from the academic traditions in painting. They formed the first important avant-garde movement of the twentieth century, which arose in French painting around 1900 in reaction to Impressionism and Pointillism. Bright and contrasting colors, rough brushwork, simplified forms and bold distortions characterized the new art. Light and shadow were depicted without intermediate shades and without soft transitions. In traditional painting the artists still wanted to represent three-dimensional space. For the pioneers that was no longer important; that was what photography was for. Through their work they provoked emotional reactions

Picasso is represented by 12 paintings (including The absinthe drinker. Throughout his long and productive life he constantly experimented with new techniques, and from 1907 he laid the basis for Cubism: this new style developed from a harder and tighter manner of expression and the use of thick layers of paint.

The building was opened in 1682 as a retirement home for elderly women, and was named Diaconie Oude Vrouwen Huys (Deanery Home for Old Women). The building is located on the east bank of the river Amstel. Since 1817, the home was open for both elderly men and women, and it was renamed Diaconie Oude Vrouwen- en Mannenhuis (Deanery Home for Old Men and Women). The building was first named Amstelhof (Amstel Court]) in 1953.

For centuries, the building was used as a retirement home. Due to modernizations in healthcare, the building was no longer sufficient. The building was transformed into the museum when the last inhabitants left the Amstelhof in 2007.  On 20 June 2009, the whole museum was opened by Dutch Queen Beatrix and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. The museum was open to the public the following day.

Queen Beatrix/Dmitry Medvedev

On 24 February 2004, a small museum was opened in an adjacent building on the Nieuwe Keizersgracht. This museum temporary closed in 2008 in order to be transformed into the Hermitage for Children. It opened on the same day as the rest of the Hermitage to the public, on 20 June 2009.

Along with these wonderful Museums, their are the truly enjoyable canals, cafe’s and  friendly people of Amsterdam.

However if those bore you, perhaps you can come to Amsterdam and visit the following Museums on your own.  The Sex Museum Amsterdam, The Marijuana/Hash Museum or how about the Torture Museum.  Yes, these are all real museums here in Amsterdam.   Now don’t be shy!

Henri Matisse, Game of Bowls
Henri Matisse, Dishes & Fruit on a Red & Black Carpet
Albert Marquet, Port of Hamburg
Vasily Kandisnsky, Winter, 1909
Kees Van Dongen, Lady in Black Hat
Pablo Picasso, The Absinthe Drinker
Pablo Picasso, Table in a Cafe
Pablo Picasso, Woman with a Fan
Chaim Soutine, Self Portrait
Maurice de Vlaminck, Small Town on the Seine
Albert Marquet, Rainy day in Paris
Othon Friesz, The Temptation (Adam & Eve)
Charles Guerin, Nude
Alexey Javlensky, Landscape with a Red Roof

Happy Travels


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6 Comments on “Hermitage of Amsterdam”

  1. mac May 5, 2012 at 7:45 am #

    Great collection. I was very much into the modernists once, so many great artists. And Amsterdam has a lot of the works!

    • scott30483 May 5, 2012 at 7:48 am #

      I am such a nut for museums, everywhere I go. And in Europe there is so many of them, filled with some of the worlds greatest Masterpieces. And I was blown away by all the art and history in Amsterdam. I have some posts already written about Van Gogh, Rembrandt etc. I hope you like them.

      • mac May 5, 2012 at 8:16 am #

        I’ll look up the posts – thanks.
        And blown away is good 🙂 Especially after some longer periods of distance, they come back and wow again and again.

        • scott30483 May 5, 2012 at 8:19 am #

          I have not put those posts up yet, soon. Thanks again for liking my posts and following me.

          • mac May 5, 2012 at 8:21 am #

            Got it. No need to look then. Just wait.

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