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A Night at the Rijksmuseum

Thu Apr 18, 10-11pm, BBC4

Andrew Graham-Dixon’s series ‘The High Art of the Low Countries’, concluding tonight at 9pm on BBC4, has been an evocative and comprehensive analysis of the Dutch Golden Age. So it seems only right that this companion piece should bring things up to date. Tonight, Graham-Dixon gets a behind-the-scenes look at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam as the staff prepare to open the doors after a ten-year renovation project.

The museum now contains more than 8,000 works of art, houses masterpieces by Vermeer and Rembrandt and essentially, tells the aesthetic story of eight centuries of Dutch history. No previews were available, but expect the usual shrewd, perceptive and humanising analysis.