- Less is more. Geschiedenis in het Rijksmuseum
- Bijdragen en Mededelingen betreffende de Geschiedenis der Nederlanden
- Volume | Issue number
- 129 | 1
- Number of pages
- Document type
- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH)
Less is More; History at the Rijksmuseum
The central idea behind the newly refurbished Rijksmuseum is to evoke ‘a sense of time, and a sense of beauty’. This prompts the question: what sense of time, and whose sense of beauty has the museum visualised? In what ways, moreover, can public institutions offer visitors a balanced ‘sense of the past’ when ‘beauty’ has served as the main criterion for selecting the objects on display? This essay addresses these questions by exploring the celebrated Dutch Golden Age collections of the Rijksmuseum.
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