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Gerrit Dou

Gerrit Dou’s 400th anniversary

Did you know that today it is 400 years ago that Dutch Golden Age painter Gerrit Dou was born? He was one of Rembrandt's...
Het huishouden van Jan Steen

Lively and chaotic scene by Frans Hals

Did you know that many Jan Steen's paintings (1626-1679) bear references to old Dutch proverbs such as "Het huishouden van Jan Steen", meaning a...
Vincent van Gogh The Bedroom

Vincent van Gogh’s personal favorites

Did you know that 'The Bedroom' was one of Vincent van Gogh's personal favorites among 'The Potato Eaters' and 'Sunflowers'?
Van Gogh

Rediscovery of early work by Van Gogh

Did you know that a Dutch art dealer could not believe his luck when he rediscovered an early work by Vincent van Gogh? Van...
Brandweer Twente

Modern-day Nightwatch with Twente’s fire brigade

Did you know that part of Twente's fire brigade is portrayed as Rembrandt's Nightwatch? The commander is depicted as the central figure Captain Frans...
Did you know that Vincent van Gogh made as many as seven sketches of the Roosdonck windmill (built in 1884) in Nuenen while he lived there from 1883 to 1885? However, he refused to paint this windmill as he simply disliked new buildings.

Vincent van Gogh refused to paint windmill

Did you know that Vincent van Gogh made as many as seven sketches of the Roosdonck windmill (built in 1884) in Nuenen while he...
Rijksmuseum

Rembrandt’s masterpiece the Night Watch moving house

Did you know that today Rembrandt's masterpiece the Night Watch has been moved from a temporary wing to the main building of Rijksmuseum in...
painting: The Feast of Saint Nicholas by Jan Steen (c. 1668)

Sinterklaas treats in Jan Steen’s 17th century painting

Did you know that the famous Dutch painter Jan Steen already shows 'kruidnoten' (ginger nuts) in one of his paintings from 1668?
Frantz Charlet Volendam

Smoking kids in Volendam

Did you know that the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco products and e-cigarettes in the Netherlands is 18 years? Around the turn of...
van Gogh tulip

Van Gogh never painted a single tulip in his life

Did you know that Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) never painted a single tulip in his life, but still there's a tulip named after the...