il museo Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis con la più ricca collezione di dipinti fiamminghi della famiglia reale olande

 

 

The Private Museums – Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis

 

 

 

After roaming the world for two years and making stops at various museums in Japan, the US, and Italy, while their ‘home’ in The Hague, in the Netherlands, was undergoing a $40.6 million expansion and renovation designed by the Dutch architect, Hans van Heeswijk, Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring” and Carel Fabritius’s “The Goldfinch” along with other highlights of the Mauritshuis Museum collection have finally been allowed to return to their magnificent 17th century Dutch classicist mini palace where they have graced the walls since 1822.

 

A hub for over 800 of the finest works of the Golden Age of Dutch painting, the building or “huis” was originally built and completed in 1641 by the most famous Dutch architects of the time, Jacob van Campen and Pieter Post, for Count Maurits of Nassau-Siegen, once a Governor of the Dutch colony in Brazil.  Set on Hofvijver Lake the once private home is of a perfect intimate size that allows its entire collection to be seen in one visit.  There is Wi-Fi available in order to download a free app. available in seven different languages that serves as a guide for visitors throughout the museum.

 

The soaring ceilings, silk-covered walls, wooden panels and trims show off the masterpieces to perfection.  Among them are more extraordinary works by Vermeer such as “View of Delft”; the last self-portrait of Rembrandt and his “The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp”; Paulus Potter’s “The Bull”; Hans Holbein’s “Portrait of Jane Seymour” and “Eden” by Jan Bruegel the Elder and Peter Paul Rubens, as well as paintings by Frans Hals and Jan Steen among many others.  Yet like the “Mona Lisa” at the Louvre in Paris, it is Vermeer’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring” and Fabritius’s “The Goldfinch” that draw the enormous crowds: “The Goldfinch” because of the global success of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning bestselling novel of the same name, and “Girl” thanks to the novel by Tracy Chevalier about Vermeer and the relationship he formed with a young girl, most probably a maid living and working in his household,  that was adapted into a widely-distributed film starring Scarlett Johansson as the “Girl” and Colin Firth as Vermeer.  In truth, the paintings are both spectacular in “real life” and well worth a short wait.  To avoid overcrowding, 1000 visitors are admitted at one time; 30 to see the “Girl”.

 

Location:  Plein 29, 2511 CS, The Hague, Netherlands  

Telephone: 31 (0) 70 302 3456

www.mauritshuis.nl

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM   Thursdays: 10:00AM – 8:00PM

Admission: Adults: $20.  Youth and Children 18 years and under: Free

 





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