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Things to Do in Amsterdam: Museums by Marko Kassenaar and Liesbeth Heenk presents art in a conversational and enjoyable way. This is a 4-book set of lavishly illustrated pages, with Book 1 showing the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Book 2 - Anne Frank House, Book 3 - the Van Gogh Museum, and Book 4 - the Hermitage, Amsterdam. In each of these, photographic plates of important exhibits display the history of the museum as well as the specifics of the showcased wealth. For example, the curls of his hair, instead of being painted with a brush, are scratched onto the canvas with an etching-needle on a self-portrait by Rembrandt. Vincent van Gogh’s experimental styles producing a varied spectrum of colors are only some of the priceless treasures one can enjoy here.
Things to Do in Amsterdam: Museums by Marko Kassenaar and Liesbeth Heenk brings the museums in Amsterdam into our living rooms. All the photographs are perfect reproductions of the paintings, capable of giving rise to one's exact feelings when seeing the original. Added to it is the information accompanying each plate, and the brief background detail of the exhibit presented there, which not only endears it more, but also is a great help to those who want to study this further. This is an excellent publication and it contains informative write-ups on each of the exhibits shown. With relevant information and pictures of the exhibits, it is a priceless treasure for any art lover, and a commentary on why these superb pieces remain a timeless inspiration to us all. A great book, indeed.