Friday, August 23, 2013

Needlework Captured in Paint

Amsterdam, the "Venice of the North", was the final stop on our cruise.


What a thrill it was to once again visit the incredible Rijksmuseum! (The name "Rijksmuseum" in English means the "State Museum".)  This museum has existed for over 200 years.  A major renovation began about 10 years ago and was recently finished.

The photos I'm showing you today focus on the beautiful embellished clothing worn by both women and men.  I find the attention to detail shown by the painters absolutely amazing!   I'll first show you a photo of a painting in its entirety, and then I'll show you some close-ups focusing on the needlework in the painting.




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All of this is paint, but it certainly reflects the needlework of the day.  In my next blog post I'll show you a few embroidered pieces, also from the Rijksmuseum.

9 comments:

Barb said...

What amazing detail!

Monica said...

The detail is so fantastic and the ply of light! WOW!

Patti-Rocky Mtn Stitcher said...

How wonderful. I envy you. I will have to get back there again one day. It looks lovely.

Annette-California said...

I got chills looking at all the details of the needleworks. I can't get over that they were painted. They look like the fabrics are right there even in close up views. And the lace work - wow. Incredible.
Great photos again - Thank you Tom:)
love Annette

Krista said...

Such gorgeous details in the paintings. So wonderful to see what the textiles looked like from years ago. Thank you for sharing your tour with us!

Margaret said...

What amazing paintings. I love seeing all the details of the needlework!

Angel Blue said...

Wow that is wonderful.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Wish I knew about this museum when I was there! What wonderful paintings.

Bertie said...

Wonderful pictures Ellen, In May I visited the museum and it was crowded! Could not see it all, but plan to see these later in the year!
Thank you ;))