At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection
Thursday 29 September 2016
Sunday 5 February 2017
A royal visit from Great Britain: in 2016 and early 2017, the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague exhibits a selection of seventeenth-century Dutch paintings from the British Royal Collection. The selection contains representations of daily life as depicted by painters of the Dutch Golden Age, and offers an exceptional chance to see over twenty masterpieces from the Royal Collection, the largest loan to a Dutch museum to date. The Royal Collection, held in trust by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, contains unique highlights from the oeuvres of famous painters such as Gerard ter Borch, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriel Metsu, and Jan Steen. The highlight of the exhibition in The Hague is
The Music Lesson by Johannes Vermeer. Due to popular demand, the exhibition
At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection has been extended until 5 February 2017.
Royal Collection The British royal family owns one of the finest collections of Old Master paintings in the world. The collection was brought together over many centuries by successive monarchs. The paintings normally hang behind closed doors in Buckingham Palace and other royal residences. The Mauritshuis has the great privilege of showing twenty-two of them for the duration of this exhibition. The works selected for this exhibition in The Hague are all genre paintings by Dutch artists of the Golden Age. Here is life as it was lived: peasants fighting, ladies and gentlemen flirting, loving mothers and common shopkeepers.
Johannes Vermeer The highlight of the exhibition is the
Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman (
The Music Lesson) by Johannes Vermeer.
The Music Lesson is one of 36 surviving and very rare pieces by Johannes Vermeer. This painting dates from 1660-1662 and shows a lady and a gentleman beside a virginal. Above the instrument hangs a mirror, in which we see the reflection of the foot of Vermeer's easel. Music is undoubtedly a symbol of love in this painting, and this is confirmed by the Latin maxim on the virginal. The painting was acquired by King George III of England in 1762, but was attributed to Frans van Mieris the Elder at the time. Only later was it recognised as a piece by Vermeer.
Jan Steen Another of the exhibition's highlights is
A Woman at her Toilet by Jan Steen, which dates from 1663. In it we see a young woman who, judging by the indents above her calves, is not pulling her stocking on, but off, as her eyes meet those of the viewer. Here too, the context is seen as amorous. These representations were extremely popular in their day. Steen makes the point that the physical pleasures are transient by showing a skull in the door opening, under a lute with a broken string.
Royal Collection and the Mauritshuis The exhibition
At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection is a collaboration between Royal Collection Trust and the Mauritshuis in The Hague. The exhibition was held at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London, and at The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh under the title
Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer.
Kate Middleton at the Mauritshuis Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton visited the Mauritshuis on 11 October 2016. The visit coincided with the exhibition
At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his contemporaries from the Royal Collection, which includes important genre paintings from her family's collection. The Duchess of Cambridge was received by director Emilie Gordenker, who gave her a tour of highlights in the Mauritshuis, which includes the
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer,
The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius, and
The Bull by Paulus Potter. The Duchess of Cambridge, who took a degree in art history at the University of St Andrews, is familiar with the collection. She also visited the Art Workshop in the Mauritshuis, where children will be engaged in a painting lesson.
Mauritshuis museum The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, located at a unique 17th-century palace in The Hague, has the highest number of masterpieces per square meter in the Netherlands. The museum houses a world-famous collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age. This exceptional collection offers an amazing overview of Dutch and Flemish paintings from 1400 to 1800, with works by painters such as Vermeer, Rembrandt, Rubens, Jan Steen, Frans Hals, Van Dyck and Adriaen Coorte.
Tickets Especially for this exhibition the Mauritshuis is offering timed tickets to the visitors to have the opportunity to reserve a ticket at a specific time. Visitors have direct access to the exhibition at a specific time every day from 3 pm onwards by purchasing a time slot (at Euro 2.50) in combination with a ticket. The exhibition is open to all visitors without a timed ticket at any time during the day.
Directions to the Mauritshuis The Mauritshuis is located in the centre of The Hague and can easily be reached both by public transport and car. From Den Haag Centraal railway station it takes 10 minutes to walk to het Plein. Alternatively, trams 16 or 17 are one or two stops away. The Mauritshuis is easiest to reach by tram from Station Den Haag Hollands Spoor railway station: trams 1 and 9 (direction Scheveningen) and tram 16 stop within a few minutes' walk from the museum.
When travelling by car from the A4 (Amsterdam or Rotterdam) the A12 (Utrecht) or the N44 (Leiden), follow the signs for the City Centre and then the signs for het Mauritshuis. The most convenient place to park is in the Pleingarage next to the Mauritshuis or in the Malieveld and Den Haag Centraal New Babylon parking garages. Both garages are about a 10-minute walk from het Mauritshuis.
The Mauritshuis is accessible for wheelchair-bound visitors or those with difficulty walking. The second floor of the historical building is accessible by using the elevator. There is a toilet for the disabled at the museum.
From Den Haag Centraal railway station it takes 10 minutes to walk to the Mauritshuis. Alternatively, trams 16 or 17 are one or two stops away. The Mauritshuis is easiest to reach by tram from Station Den Haag Hollands Spoor railway station by trams