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IBC2003 - Amsterdam Sept 12-16th 2003

So, twist my arms, I just HAD to go to the International Broadcasters Convention in Amsterdam. I rode cheap on Basiqair and stayed cheap at the "Botel", adjacent to the central train station. Though I like NAB in Las Vegas, I must admit I had a great time here even though I felt I worked harder... we really had a punchlist of things to see. The surreal hilight for me was sitting around a long table in a dark steakhouse drinking with the folks from Swedish as they half seriously debated changing their product name to sound more "American" so they could sell more dishes... If you see a small sat dish named "The Texan" next year... it came from that meeting.

The last day I also got to "finally" get into the main collection of the Rijksmuseum, when had been closed on my previous trip. I really enjoyed this as the collection, in general, suited my tastes and it wasn;t so large as to be overwhelming. I also visited the Van Gogh museum but they would not allow cameras...

Oh, and just for my own memory, I did walk through the Red Light District on a Saturday night... and it is straight down from the train station, not down and to the left... (I was walking deeper into it when I thought I was walking out of it, honest!)

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The functional, but not so lovely "Botel". Note the "Three Bed Suite", and yes that is a floating Chinese restaurant behind it... IMG_5184.JPGIMG_5230.JPGIMG_5228.JPG
IMG_5180.JPG Mr. Tiven, as he tends to do, writing on the placemat in a Chinese restaurant (not the one next to the Botel)... the waitress later came and gave him Sushi order sheets to write on.
IMG_5190.JPG Mr. Dennis Backus, of the Apple Quicktime team, formerly of CNN Interactive, at his post in the convention hall... and no that is not a giant cheese grater beside him.
Night shots of Amsterdam IMG_5206.JPGIMG_5223.JPG
IMG_5235.JPG The front?/back? of the Rijksmuseum. If you are going to go I would check on hours/exhibits beforehand as they are doing asbestos removal in the building... they also have a small exhibit at the Amsterdam-Schipol Airport

Ok, so here we go with the paintings...or at least the ones I liked and took pictures of...

Willem Clasez Heda 1593-1680

Still life with gilt goblet, 1635

This was pretty amazing, though the picture doesn't really do it.

Frans Hals 1582-1666

The merry drinker c.1628

Werner van den Valckert c.1585-1627

Portrait of a man with ring and touchtone, 1617

Ok, I know this is a Rembrandt, but I dont have the info... it is the illustration of a biblical story.
IMG_5253.JPG Don't have the info on this one either...but if I recall correctly it was mistaken for a Rembrandt, since this is Rembrandts mother, but it was actually painted by one of his pupils.
IMG_5254.JPG Nope, no info... just liked the pages of the book...
Johannes Versproncj 1597-1662

Portrait of a girl dress in blue.

I really like the expression.

No info...

The artist scratched an outline around the figures down to the lighter indecoat to represent their "night glow"

Again, no info, but this as called a "Pen painting" as it was painted by a think brush in B&W. This was immense, and the detail is from a boat towards the bottom right corner. IMG_5268.JPGIMG_5269.JPG
Johannes Vermeer 1632-1675

I think this was called "The Letter"

Notice how Vermeer let's objects extend off the canvas to imply a larger room than what is shown on the canvas. Also, despite a focus of "action", eyes to paper, it still "works".

Johannes Vermeer 1632-1675
Johannes Vermeer 1632-1675

The Kitchen Maid

IMG_5276.JPG No info, but amazing effect on the dress...
Jan Steen 1626-1679

The Leiden baker Arend Oostwaert and his wife Catherina Keyzersqaert c. 1658

Rachel Ruysch 1664-1750

Still life with flowers on a marble table-top, 1716

One of the few female artists I saw, or have heard of from this time period...

Wouter Johannes van Troostwijk 1782-1810

The Raampoortje, Amsterdam, 1809

Hendrik Voogd 1768-1839

Italian landscape with pine trees, 1795

Pieter Geradus van Os 1776-1839

A water course near' Graveland, 1818

Johannes Bosboom 1817-1891

The choir of the church of Our Lady in Breda with the tomb of Engelbert II of Nassau, 1843

Willem Roelofs 1822-1897

Landscape with approaching storm, 1850

Paulus Constantijn la Fargue

The Herepad in the Haue Woods, 1778

Hendrik Jacobus Scholten 1824-1907

Sunday Morning

Kasper Karsen 1810-1896

Imaginary view on the Rhine

Johannes Weissenbruch 1822-1880

A town gate at Leerdam, c 1870

Johan Barthold Jongkind 1819-1891

Street in Nevers, 1874

Notice a slight "impressionist" style... you can almost date these things from the rise of photography.

Gerard Bilders 1838-1865

Medow with trees beside a pond at sunset, 1862

George Hendrik Breitner 1857-1923

Girl in a white kimono (Geesje Kwak), 1894

Vincent van Gogh 1853-1890

Self portrait, 1887

Vincent van Gogh 1853-1890

The cornfield, 1888

This was painted near Arles

Jan Toorop 1858-1928

Old oaks in Surrey, 1890

Many impressionists admired Japanese woodblock prints and I think that style is used here...

Rombout Verhulst 1624-1698

Virgin and Child c.1655


The Night Watch

This painting was originally wider, but was "cropped" to fit in a stairwell.

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn 1606-1669

Portrait of a couple as figures from the Old Testement, 1665

This painting is known as the "The Jewish Bride", but it is now commonly accepted that this is not a father about to give away a daughter, but a couple. Very interesting use of thick paint for texture, somewhat visible on the mans sleeve.

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn 1606-1669

Self-portrait as the apostle Paul, 1661

Michael Sweerts 1618-1664

Visting the sick c.1646-1649

Hendrick Goltzius 1558-1617

Vertumnus and Pomona, 1613

I saw an exhibit dedicated to Goltzius the last time I was in the Rijksmuseum.

Paulus Moreelse 1571-1638

The beautiful sheperdess, 1630

Boats and canals galore... IMG_5356.JPGIMG_5357.JPG
IMG_5365.JPG From the very nice grocery store in the Amsterdam airport (Schipol)...This is very funny in a couple different ways... (a) I wanted to buy this, but no enough to go make another cash withdrawl before heading off on the mile hike to my gate, (b) probably one of the few leigitimate uses of "American Made" even if it is spelled "Maid" and (c) American Maid was a heorine in the comic book series "The Tick"