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Dining at The Rijksmuseum

Monday, May 14th 2001, 19.00 hr

Originally designed by P.J.H. Cuypers (1827 - 1921), Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum was completed in 1885. Its architecture features styles of various historical periods such as Gothic and Dutch Renaissance.

Inside, the Rijksmuseum houses one of the world's greatest art collections. Among the highlights are some of the greatest paintings of the Dutch Golden Age by Rembrandt van Rijn, Frans Hals, Jan Steen and Johannes Vermeer. Less well known, but certainly as striking, are the paintings of the Middle Ages and the 18th and 19th centuries. Hardly surprising then, that the Rijksmuseum is known in Holland as the National Treasure Chamber.

The impressive Gallery of Honor, with its vaulted ceiling, elegant 17th century chandeliers and four niches on either side exhibit the greatest period of Dutch paintings: The Golden Age.

Biblical scenes by Rembrandt, classical works by Ferdinand Bol and marine paintings by Willem van de Velde form a guard of honor leading up to the museum's finest exhibit: the 'Night Watch'.

We will have the privilege to have our dinner in this Gallery of Honor. Here the state visits and royal receptions are held. We will be surrounded by art.

The presence of the guests are made possible by the Dutch Royal Philips Electronics company, which is one of the main sponsors of this museum.

A dinner with the view of the 'Night Watch' by Rembrandt is not easily forgotten.

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