Tourists in the Netherlands

We had visitors from Brazil, whom we had never met before. However, as they were very close friends of our niece’s family we offered to take them out on a few tours and walks: the Kröller-Müller Museum in the National Park “de hoge veluwe”. The national park is the largest and probably most beautiful piece…

A short visit to Brussels

Brussels in winter has its own charm, but in reality [sic] we went to see the Pietà of Van der Weyden in the Musée des Beaux Arts. And of course a few other things. We rented a small apartment very close to the Grand Place and the landlord provided us with more information than we…

Antonello da Messina in Den Haag

The Crucifixion by Antonello da Messina is an extraordinary painting in the Museum voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp, but since the museum is currently closed for restaurations some of the most important works are wandering around.Antonello (c.1430–1479) is a key figure in the history of European painting. How it happened we don’t really know, but…

Firenze

The centre of Firenze is small, easily covered on foot. End of September, beginning of October is a very pleasant time. Lots of tourists though, can’t imagine why… Even so, we could stop at a terrace here or there and enjoy the old town. The walk starts from the Duomo, then south towards the Orsanmichele…

Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venezia

The Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice houses some of my favourite works of art like the Lamentazione by Bellini (1434/9 – 1516). Lamentation over the Dead Christ with Joseph of Arimathea, the Virgin and Mary Magdalene, between St. Martha and Philip Benizi. In the landscape we see the Magi on the left and the shepherds on…