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Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum to reopen after renovation with new room devoted to music

Violas da gamba feature in special music room following museum's renovation

Thursday, 04 April 2013

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is set to reopen on 13 April after a ten-year renovation progamme. As well as its famous collection of Dutch art, the museum will display a number of special collections, with a dedicated music room housing violas da gamba and other instruments.

Four gambas will be on display: one by Sebastian Mayr from 1778; another by John Roos that dates from 1587; a 1705 example by Barak Norman (pictured); and a c.1750 pardessus de viole. Visitors will also find early stringed instruments depicted in paintings and etchings by artists including Nicolaes de Bruyn and Rembrandt.

photo: Rijksmuseum

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