Rijksmuseum is on fire! The collection of Netherland’s biggest art museum is all over the TV screen. First, hilarious scenes in the second season of Killing Eve, now the new series titled Ares.
Dutch Golden Age masters have the appeal filmmakers can not resist. Well, let’s not pay too much attention to obvious references to the most famous Netherlandish artists.
Just poining out, Rembrandt’s art had made numerous appearances in movies from as early as 1936 biographical film to Peter Greeneway’s movies (Nightwatching, 2007). Johannes Vermeer has his Girl with Pearl Earring, 2003 starring Scarlett Johansson.
But there is much more to Dutch art than these two, and Rijksmuseum is the proof. If you are after beautiful classic wall art the collection of Amsterdam based national gallery is a must.
In BBC series Killing Eve the killer Villanelle is dragged to Rijksmuseum by her Russian friend / handler / mentor. Funny enough, she screams “Boooooooring!!!” in front of the Hendrick Goltzius and Cornelis van Haarlem great paintings.
And then Villanelle is mesmerised by the piece of really gruesome and brutal art by Jan de Baen showing The Corpses of the De Witt Brothers. At Rijksmuseum, everyone could find some fine wall art for themselves, even psychotic assassins…
The first episode of the new Netflix series Ares brings Rijksmuseum interiors to the frontline. We have there famous Rembrandt’s Night Watch in all its glory. But the painting which steals the spotlight is The Threatened Swan by Jan Asselijn.
Characters standing in front of the beautifully framed art piece reveal the meaning of the bird’s posture and other elements of the painting. It is the swan that reveals the concept of the series. Apart from that, it is just a stunning work of art in film.