Local Heart, Global Soul

May 21, 2016

Only A Lucky Few Gain Entry To The Real Collection Here…

 (photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The next room I find myself in whilst visiting Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is a small section of  a stunning library.

This is yet another occasion where my lens could just not zoom far enough for me to get decent pictures of the decorations on the side walls.

The area open to the public is a sort of small mezzanine floor at one end of the library, there is a  good view of the library above and below, well, there would have been if there had been more space and it had not been so crowded with a near constant stream of visitors.

I managed some photographs during gaps in the throngs, but I aim to one day return on a quieter day, with a better lens and a tripod.

Visitors share the area available with a long slim cabinet that contains a magnificent coin collection, but photographs were difficult there too, simply because the display was not at a very convenient height for wheelchair users. The space was too limited and the crowd too many for me to park the chair anywhere handy and use the crutches so that I could get photographs in anything like a standing position so it was simply a matter of making the best of the situation.

The library, like the rest of the building has richly decorated walls and ceiling and I can only begin to imagine what sort of books and documents might be housed here. Sadly getting up close and personal with the literary collection is not possible for the general public… I imagine there are some gems in here for the lucky few who do get entry into the area that we can only gaze at from afar.

 (photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 (photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 (photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 (photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 (photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 (photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 (photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 (photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 (photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 (photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 (photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 (photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 (photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 (photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 (photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 (photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 (photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 (photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 (photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 (photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 (photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 (photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum

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