The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam reopened this spring after a long renovation.* Here’s a promotional video:
(I first saw the video on Kids Prefer Cheese).
And … to complete bypass the 20th century … the Rijksmuseum has made its entire collection available online, in high-resolution, for download.
One cool bit of this is an app they call Mastermatcher. You answer 5 multiple choice questions, and it generates a selection of images (of works from different mediums) from the collection. They’re not all amazing, but it is a great conversation starter. This was in my matches:
This is a screen capture. I’m showing this because it shows the ability, through the buttons, to save or clip this work (the 249 in red indicates that this many other people have already saved this to their personal Rijksstudio). In fact, they encourage you to do whatever you like with the art you find. The fun thing is, you can go back and restart the Mastermatcher, answer the questions differently, and it will generate a whole new set of images for you.
Of course, you can go and look for anything you like. I’m a sucker for still-lifes, so I searched and found this one. Downloaded it too, for your pleasure:
Stilleven met klein dood wild en vruchten, Frans Snijders, 1600–1657
* I went to the Rijksmuseum in the summer of 1984. I’m not sure what everyone found so stodgy about the place — it was probably my favorite museum on the continent. Just to stand in front of “The Night Watch” was amazing; standing close enough to let it fill your whole field of vision (it’s huge, so this was still a few feet back).