The winter endured on Novaya Zemlya by Willem Barentsz, Jacob van Heemskerck and their crew is one of the most extraordinary adventures in Dutch history. In 1596 they had tried to sail to China via the Arctic Ocean, an attempt that failed miserably. Not many people know that the remains of the hut in which they spent the winter were found 300 years later. These objects are now on display in the Rijksmuseum. The Rijksmuseum Series is an easy way to learn about the most important artworks and historical topics in the Rijksmuseum. Each lavishly illustrated volume introduces a work of art and places it in its (art) historical context. Ideal for anyone who wants to find out more on his favourite artwork in the museum, as a souvenir or gift. English language edition.