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The Hague, 15 January 2008

Dutch Portraits draws 96,000 visitors

More than 96,000 visitors seized the opportunity to meet their distant forefathers at the exhibition Dutch portraits. Sixty magnificent paintings offered an representative and impressive survey of 17th-century Dutch portraiture. The uncontested grand masters, Rembrandt and Frans Hals, were represented with nine and twelve works, respectively. In addition, one or more works by some 25 other painters were on display. For many, standing eye in eye with Rembrandt’s Portrait of Jan Six of 1654 was the undisputed highlight. This world-famous portrait could be seen and admired in public for the first time in 50 years. Dutch Portraits was held in the National Gallery in London in the summer of 2007 and in the Mauritshuis from 13 October 2007 to 13 January 2008.

Dutch Portraits was sponsored by Royal Dutch Shell plc (‘Shell’). In 2007 Shell celebrated the centennial of the merging of the interests of Royal Oil and Shell Transport.

The Mauritshuis was busy not only in the autumn. In fact, the entire year 2007 was very successful, concluding with a total of almost 250,000 visitors. The Mauritshuis’ splendid collection was focal both in the spring and summer of last year.  

The Mauritshuis is looking forward to presenting two important exhibitions in the coming museum year:

• ODE TO COORTE (23 February to 8 June 2008)
The survey exhibition Ode to Coorte pays homage to the 17th-century still life painter Adriaen Coorte. His paintings usually depict fruit and vegetables, though sometimes also nuts and shells. Coorte’s brushstroke was highly refined, and his works small in scale. His Still life with wild strawberries and Still life with apricots (both in the collection of the Mauritshuis) rank among the public’s favourite paintings. Coorte’s oeuvre currently counts about 60 paintings, more than half of which will be on view at the exhibition.

• DUTCH CITYSCAPES (11 October 2008 - 11 January 2009)
In the autumn of 2008 the Mauritshuis will present an exhibition devoted to Dutch city views. In the 17th century, as now, urban development was of great topical interest. The population was growing rapidly, which necessitated building beyond the existing city walls. The new buildings being raised at the time, as well as the old characteristic monuments within the city walls, were recorded in painted cityscapes. Vermeer’s View of Delft in the Mauritshuis’ permanent collection is truly the summit of this genre. Other Dutch towns that were ‘portrayed’ in the 17th century and will be shown in the exhibition are Haarlem, The Hague, Dordrecht, Hoorn, Nijmegen, Utrecht and Amsterdam.

For additional information:
Department of Communication & Marketing Mauritshuis
Pom Verhoeff-Emanuel
Mirjam van der Schoot
Tel: 070 30 234 38/440
Fax: 070 36 538 19