A Visit to the Royal Portrait Gallery in The Hague
Everyone knows Amsterdam, but The Netherlands has more to offer, like the seaside city of The Hague! This city is the political heart of the whole country and is less than an hour from Amsterdam! Take a train or the car and explore a little more, because The Hague hosts one of the most impressive art collections of the Netherlands in the Mauritshuis!
The Mauritshuis is home to many masterpieces. It hosts an excellent collection of many paintings particularly from the Golden Age of The Netherlands, which is the 17th century. The paintings of the Golden Age tell us a lot about the daily life of that time, as you will see in the Mauritshuis. This is a royal collection, started by William the fifth in the 18th century. Since 1816 this beautiful collection is property of the state and it is also called the “Royal Picture Gallery”.
The compact, yet amazing collection, is presented in the heart of The Hague. Masterpieces such as Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt van Rijn, The Goldfinch by Fabritius and The Bull by Potter are on permanent display in the intimate museum rooms of this seventeenth-century monument. The museum with over two hundred pieces can also be visited with a multimedia tour to get to know more about each and every artwork.
Not only the museum itself, but also the building has a rich history. Nobleman Maurits had the Mauritshuis built to live in. The construction took place while he was Brazil, where he was governor of the Dutch colony on behalf of the West-Indian Company (WIC). When he returned in 1644, he took residence at the Mauritshuis. From 1822 onwards the Mauritshuis has been a museum.
What more can I find in the museum?
In the light underground foyer you can find the brasserie and museum shop and in the Royal Dutch Shell Wing. Here you can find temporary exhibitions and an art workplace. The temporary exhibitions currently on display at the museum are:
- Steen & Jordaens: As the Old Sing…;
- Neighbours: Portraits from Flanders 1400-1700;
- Top Ten on Tour: Masterpieces acquired for the Netherlands thanks to the BankGiro Lottery
Find out why there are so many paintings originating from the Golden Age and what makes them so special by visiting the Mauritshuis! Are you crazy about the Dutch Masters of the Golden Age? Then combine your visit to the Mauristhuis with a visit to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.