World-class collection

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World-class collection

Taken together, the 800 works owned by the Mauritshuis in The Hague represent one of the four best collections of Dutch and Flemish Golden Age painters in the world. In addition to Vermeer’s ever popular ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’, the renovated Mauritshuis shows works by Rembrandt, Paulus Potter, Jan Steen, Frans Hals, Breughel and Rubens. Here is some more information …

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Taken together, the 800 works owned by the Mauritshuis in The Hague represent one of the four best collections of Dutch and Flemish Golden Age painters in the world. In addition to Vermeer’s ever popular ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’, the renovated Mauritshuis shows works by Rembrandt, Paulus Potter, Jan Steen, Frans Hals, Breughel and Rubens. Here is some more information …

© Mauritshuis, The Hague, Ronald Tilleman
  • See the unique collection of Dutch and Flemish masters at the Mauritshuis.
  • Discover how young Rembrandt was when he painted ‘The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp’.
  • Read how the authorDonna Tartt made a centuries old painting even more popular.

Rembrandt, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp (1632)

© Mauritshuis, The Hague

Rembrandt was just twenty-five years old when he created this unique work. His characteristic light contrast lends the work a unique dynamic, showing off the painter’s extraordinary talent for lifelike portraits. Later, this painting would serve as the inspiration for Nina Siegal’s book The Anatomy Lesson.

Carel Fabritius, The Goldfinch (1654)

© Mauritshuis, The Hague, Ivo Hoekstra

Fabritius painted this little bird using thick paint and bold strokes, which he then scratched with the back of his brush. Centuries later in 2013 Donna Tartt wrote a book revolving around this unique painting, winning the Pulitzer Prize. The book launch occurred in New York as the exhibition showing the bird painting was inaugurated, which made both works even more famous.

Paulus Potter, The Young Bull (1647)

© Mauritshuis, The Hague, Ivo Hoekstra

This painting by Paulus Potter is world-famous, even more so because it involves such a common thing as a bull. Something unheard of at that time! The combination with details like the little bird, the beautiful lighting in the meadow and the hair on the bull’s face made this a prime example of the Dutch Romantic genre.

Jan Steen, ‘As the Old Sing. So Pipe the Young’ (c. 1665)

© Mauritshuis, The Hague

Jan Steen is known as a happy story teller who was able to depict the most extraordinary scenes in his unique style. His so-called ‘ households’ often show that a bad example leads to bad behaviour. Which is true for this particular work. The faces, ceramic pot on the floor and the wine show what an extraordinary painter he really was.

Frans Hals, Laughing Boy (1625)

© Mauritshuis, The Hague

It is not a portrait but rather a study of a laughing child. This emotion is very hard to depict in a painting. Frans Hals used quick, spontaneous brushstrokes, which is clearly visible on the boy’s nose – it was created with a single confident stroke of white pain.

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