arie de ruiter

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This site presents an overview of my panoramas, virtual tours and related projects. I will add recent work as well as selected older material every now and then.

 Tellurium - Pieter de Ruiter 2023

Zuylenburgh collection - Museum Boerhaave

On October 14th, 2021, the Zuylenburgh Collection of vintage scientific objects and instruments was inaugurated at the Boerhaave Museum, Leiden. It consists a.o. of microscopes, telescopes, globes, clocks, chronometers, and more, belonging to the collector Bert Degenaar, Planetarium Zuylenburgh.

Bert Degenaar and Peter Louwman admiring the telescope display. (Peter, a very kind and well-known telescope collector, died in July 2023)

The show-case unwrapped:

Virtual tour (made in 2023) of the show-case with links to object descriptions:


Photographs in high resolution of a wonderful collection of wayang puppets owned by Herma Visser in Amsterdam. I photographed 24 Wayang Kulits (flat leather shadow puppets), 22 Wayang Goleks (three-dimensional wooded puppets), and 1 Wayang Klitik (flat wooded puppet). They are included in the following two webalbums:

Wayang Kulit puppets

Wayang Golek puppets

Nineteenth century panoramas of Amsterdam and of the Battle of Waterloo

Source: Stadsarchief Amsterdam

Reprojections of pictorial explanations of a number of very large panoramas made and displayed in a.o. Amsterdam in the beginning of the 19th century:


Source material are the items 010094002561, 010094002562, 010097010965, B00000024262, en 010097014165 (Battle of Waterloo) in the Stadsarchief Amsterdam:

and the 'Beknopte Beschryving der Voornaamste Gebouwen Binnen de Stad Amsteldam' of Pieter Johannes Uylenbroek (1748 - 1808) which I found in the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

Love for the Middle Ages

The Mengelberg Collection at Huis Bergh - 15 May - 27 June 2021

On 14 May 1920, the 'Mengelberg Collection' arrived at Huis Bergh in 's-Heerenberg: 175 paintings, sculptures and silver objects. The collection was owned by lord of the castle J.H. van Heek in November 1919 from the heirs of Friedrich Wilhelm Mengelberg in Utrecht, known for his richly decorated interiors of Catholic churches.
The 2021 exhibition Love for the Middle Ages, curated by Annemarie Vels Heijn, was about the fate of the Mengelberg Collection.

In addition to the above virtual tour, on display during the exhibition, I made version with Open Seadragon software which shows all objects in high-resolution:

Regarding Sebald, Hans Landsaat

Artspace KuuB - Utrecht, 5 March - 18 April 2021

Virtual tour of an exposition with paintings, drawings and graphics of Hans Landsaat created as part of his ongoing 'Regarding Sebald' project

Amsterdam-Zuid - 11 April 2020

Corona silence on the Saturday before Easter - 7 panoramas

Viktor IV

Virtual visit to the 'Berendina Fennegina' - 20 December 2019

The old cargo ship 'Berendina Fennegina' became Viktor IV's home when he moved to Amsterdam in 1961. The current owner, Bert Degenaar, has restored the interior as faithfully as possible and has turned the ship into a private museum dedicated to the memory of Viktor IV.

More about Viktor IV: Catalogue (digitized version on this site) and the site of the Stichting Viktor IV (Viktor IV Foundation) - 15 panoramas

The return of Jasman, Theo de Feyter

Koel310|EXPO - Alkmaar, 20 januari - 9 maart 2019

Jasman was born in 1972 in Alkmaar. After a short and tumultuous existence he disappeared to show up again in 2012. This exposition is a renewed introduction. Many aspects of his life hitherto unknown are presented - 9 panoramas

Vanuit het landschap en de literatuur, Hans Landsaat

Koel310|EXPO - Alkmaar, September 3-25, 2017

Virtual tour of a large exhibition with over 50 older and recent paintings, drawings and graphics by Hans Landsaat - 14 panorama's

Studio of Gisèle van Waterschoot van der Gracht

Virtual tour of the studio in its original state. Shooting date 22 October 2015. See for background information - 12 panoramas

The Seven Deadly Sins - Jeroen Bosch inspires Jurgen Bey

Virtual tour of the exhibition at the Central Museum Utrecht, 14 September 2013 - 18 May 2014 - 11 panoramas, 1 video object (The Jester), 4 videos (Four Last Things) by Klaske Oenema

Last updated: 12 August 2023 - Copyright 2023, Arie P. de Ruiter

More projects

Bezuidenhout 1939,1944-45

Before-after comparison views of the bombardment of the Bezuidenhout on 3 March 1945. The historical RAF aireal photographs and 1939 Smulders Kompas streetmap are part of the collection of Haags Gemeentearchief.

Historical panoramas of Rijswijk and Delft

In the eighties of the last century Fred Zieren, surveyor in service of Rijswijk, made several b/w panoramas in the neighbourhood.

Van onschatbare waarde 2020 - Viktor IV decor

Bert Degenaar, one of the experts of the TV program 'Van onschatbare waarde' had the walls of his room decorated with my panorama photo of Viktor IV's ship cabin

Viktor IV Catalog

Gallery of the biography/catalog of Viktor IV which I scanned and digitized for Bert Degenaar.

Pibo Gualtheri's Astrolabe (2019, in Dutch)

Presentation (together with Rob van Gent) for the 'Zonnewijzerkring' (Dutch Sundial Society)

Oude Kerk 2018

One of the 'Silence' morning concerts (8:00 am) in the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, which at that time had all its windows covered with red film as part of an art project. We saw the sun rising during the concert, bathing everything and everyone in warm red, an unforgettable experience!
Check the video clips!

Teylers museum 2016

A visit to Teylers, the 'museum of a museum', where I has a chance to try out my Theta S camera with a small, magnetic Gorilla tripod. A quick-and-dirty tour but, never mind, the ambience of this museum is amazing.

Little paradise - Visit to Jan Bruns

Renewed introduction to the fantastic work of Jan Bruns, Amsterdam, 2012, 2016 - 5 panoramas ( 3 2012, 2 2016)

All Souls' Day in Vondelpark, Amsterdam

Impressions of the All Souls celebration in Vondelpark, Sunday 2 November 2014. See for background information (in Dutch) - 3 panoramas

24 uur Noordoostpolder

A project of Stichting Herbergen (Taverns Foundation), meant to celebrate the development of the Noordoostpolder. It took place during Open Monuments Day 2014, at Kraggenburg (NOP). See for background information (in Dutch) - 10 panoramas

Vondelpark 150 years

Impressions of the 150-years old Vondelpark, 15 June 2014. The fourth panorama has a video/audio insert (may take time to load)

Van Eeghenstraat - Demolition former Luthers Diaconessen Ziekenhuis

Amsterdam-Zuid - The former Luther Diaconessen Ziekenhuis is to make place for a luxury apartment building, 15 June 2014

Dutch Design - SUPERMODELS

Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 6 - 9 juni 2014. Exposition Dutch Design - SUPERMODELS. An initiative of Concern

Obama arriving at Museumplein - timelapse videos

24 March 2014 - Video of over 160 images taken with Nikon D800E + Nikkor 10.5mm FE combination, so large angle of view but limited detail. The helicopter ballet is fun to watch though

Virtual Tour of the Amsterdam Light Festival 2013-14

Highlights of the Amsterdam Light Festival 2013-14. The top version has video inserts in three of the panoramas (may take some time to load) - 6 panoramas in total

Virtual Tour of Amsterdam-Zuid

Amsterdam-Zuid - A short stroll through part of the Museum Quarter. Liberation Day, 5 May 2013 - 17 panoramas in total

Virtual Tour van de Boulevard of Light, Amsterdam

Boulevard of Light - Between Munt and Amstel Hotel the river Amstel was given a makeover with spectacular, contemporary light sculptures (7 December 2012 - 20 January 2013) - 13 panoramas in total

Virtual Tour of Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Impressions of the Doors Open Day of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, on 26 mei 2012. A.o. a panorama of Petra Blaisse with her tapistry - 8 panoramas in total

Virtual Tour of Museum Stoomgemaal Halfweg, Halfweg

Shooting date 7 november 2012 - The repainted engine room. Extensive information about this museum can be found on the website of Museum Stoomgemaal Halfweg
See also the virtual tours and panoramas made in 2010 elsewhere on my website - 6 panoramas in total



Hans Landsaat - Schilderijen, Tekeningen en Grafiek

Planetarium Zuylenburgh