The exposition titled ‘High Society,’ which will start this March in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, will offer insights into international fashion across the past four centuries through 35 life-size portraits. The Rijksmuseum exhibit compiles the artworks of masterful painters including Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Diego Velázquez, and Édouard Manet. The museum in Amsterdam displays life-size portraits of monarchs, aristocrats and wealthy citizens in ‘High Society’.
The Rijksmuseum plans to commemorate the artworks of Rembrandt in 2019, and the public exhibit from March 8 to June 3, 2018, is meant as a prelude to that. The ‘High Society,’ exhibition also celebrates the acquisition of Rembrandt’s ‘Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit,’ portraits by Rijksmuseum and Musée du Louvre in 2016. The wedding portraits of the couple trace back to 17th Century and are amongst the few life-size portraits by the Dutch painter. The portraits underwent a restoration this year and will be shown to the public for the first time at Rijksmuseum.
Most of the portraits in the museum expo give an insight into fashion across 4 centuries through cut trousers and haute couture of 16th and 19th Centuries. Some of the portrayed personalities displayed in ‘High Society,’ wear antique-style fancy garments and kilt. The backgrounds of the portraits displayed in the exhibit give a glimpse of curtains, decorative interiors, plenty of dogs, and even a lion’s prop. You can see the minute details in the portraits if you take a closer look at them when on a Private Rijksmuseum tour anytime soon.
One of the notable portraits in the ‘High Society,’ exhibit is that of Anna de Noailles, who was a French-Romanian poetess, and a high-profile personality in Paris of early 20th Century. Her portrait was painted by the Dutch Painter Kees van Dongen in 1931. The poetess was a Legion d’ Honneur commander and her portraits have slightly explicit content.
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam also displays an expo titled ‘Guilty Pleasures,’ in the next room to the gallery where glamorous portraits will be displayed in the museum. The ‘Guilty Pleasures,’ exhibition features over 80 drawings and prints from the private collections of the Dutch museum. As its name implies, the collections on display give viewers on a Rijksmuseum tour a sneak peek into behind scene gambling, drinking, and partying alongside visits to boudoirs and brothels.