MUSEUM CATAHRIJNECONVENT, UTRECHT

MUSEUM CATHARIJNECONVENT, UTRECHT
It is easy to find the museum which is situated in the former St. Catharine’s Convent. Just follow the street in between the cathedral and the tower to your left. It is only about five minutes walk away. You can check the hours, days off and admission fees online beforehand. As of January 2015, the fee was 12.50 euros. There is a small wardrobe inside where you can leave your coat; if needed, you may also rent a locker. At the reception/cashier’s desk you may also get a booklet which shows you all the major exhibits and helps you orientate inside the museum. You may enter the museum proper and either walk down the stairs, then across the hall and up the stairs to the beginning of the exhibition, or use the lift. There are signs everywhere telling you where to go, with modern toilets on each floor.. The museum houses a great collection of art and artifacts dating as far back as the year 790. You can study the history of Christianity in the Netherlands, beginning with the 13th century; there are separate halls devoted to statues, religious paintings of the early Middle Ages, portrait art from the 13th to the 21st century. The Treasury is an amazing room where you can see the beautiful golden chalices, a magnificent monstrance and communion ware. Religious art includes many traditional paintings of Madonna and Child, as well as various saints. Among the familiar triptych altar pieces there is one which stands out, illuminating the room with its bright colors: it consists of many ceramic tiles. Somehow it has never occurred to me before that ceramics, for which the country is justly famous, could be used in this way. But of course it is practically eternal, and the art is really amazing. There are also several halls devoted to the Dutch portrait paintings, where you can see family and individual pictures. Though the clothing and the postures are clearly those of centuries past, the faces are recognizably Dutch, similar to the types you see on the street today. The best-known among them is perhaps a portrait of the famous writer, philosopher and scholar Erasmus of Rotterdam.
Catharijneconvent Museum is a wonderful place to visit!
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