The Medieval Historian and I decided to go to Amsterdam for our wedding anniversary this year. I wanted to see the new entrance to the Rijksmuseum, and the exhibition, New for Now: The Origin of Fashion Magazines, the catalogue for which the MH had given me after his previous visit there. The exhibition is now over which is a shame because it turned out to be fascinating even for the MH who was not expecting to enjoy it. It was a show of their collection of early fashion magazines, and the style of drawing was as interesting as the clothes for me. Although you could take pictures and the illustrations in the catalogue (plentiful on-line) were magnificent, I think there is something about drawing which is useful because it makes you look hard and notice. So here are my sketches – pretty rough – done in waterproof pen and ink, with a wash applied later in the hotel room, which is why there are colour notes on them. I am sorry that for some reason I can’t enlarge them without the dreaded pixellation today, but they will give an idea:
Incidentally, I loved the Rijksmuseum extension. I love the idea of a main road running through a museum. That really does bring in hard to reach audiences.