Rijksmuseum

Johannes Vermeer. The Kitchen Maid. c. 1660. Image and data provided by the Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum has contributed more than 67,000 images of paintings and diverse works from their permanent collection to the Artstor Digital Library.

The state museum of the Netherlands, the Rijksmuseum boasts a collection of one million works of art, crafts, and historical objects. The collection includes masterpieces from the Dutch Golden Age by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Jan Steen, and Johannes Vermeer, along with an exceptional collection of Asian art, antiques, a vast collection of prints, drawings, and classic photography. The comprehensive selection in Artstor includes works in many media across the collecting areas, including the most celebrated paintings.

The museum first opened its doors in 1800 as the National Gallery of Art in Huis ten Bosch in The Hague with a collection mainly comprised paintings and historical objects. In 1808, the museum moved to the new capital city of Amsterdam, where it was based in the Royal Palace on Dam Square. The current main building was designed by Pierre Cuypers and originally opened in 1885. It underwent restoration and renovation from 2003 to 2013 based on a design by Spanish architects Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz.