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


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