In the second half of 2017 the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp (KMSKA) will be lending the Mauritshuis in The Hague Flemish Old Masters from its collection such as Jordaens, Van der Weyden, Rubens and Van Dyck. Currently Antwerp's Royal Museum of Fine Arts is closed for renovations until 2019. This has afforded the Mauritshuis a unique opportunity to organise three exhibitions featuring works of art from this museum’s world-famous collection.
Portraits from Flanders
In the Southern Netherlands (now Belgium), the art of portrait painting came into full bloom during the period from 1400 to 1700. During these three centuries, noblemen and wealthy citizens had themselves immortalised by the best Flemish artists of their time. These portraits remain very impressive due to the outstanding way in which the sitters' facial features and the character were memorialised in paint.
The best Flemish portraits
During the autumn of 2017, the Mauritshuis will tell the story of Flemish portraiture using a selection of the best Flemish portraits from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Antwerp (KMSKA), including major works by Rogier van der Weyden, Hans Memling, Pieter Pourbus, Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck. These portraits will be presented here together for the first time, along with complements from the Mauritshuis collection and a portrait of Jacob Jordaens from the Rijksmuseum.
Remarkably, almost all the sitters can be identified. This is why the exhibition will not only highlight what makes Flemish portraits so special, but also who appears in the pictures and how they wanted to be viewed. The striking portrait of Abraham Grapheus by the Antwerp-based portrait painter Cornelis de Vos has been restored specially for this exhibition, and will be on view it in its refreshed state for the first time. The Mauritshuis is the only venue for this exhibition, which is a collaboration with the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Antwerp (KMSKA), closed for renovations until 2019.
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.
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.