It was only after 1875 that the Mauritshuis pursued a deliberate policy of acquisition. In those days most acquisitions were either purchases funded by the Dutch state at the urging of the directors or else donations made by private individuals.
In all these years th Mauritshuis has never sought to form a collection that represents an art-historical overview. The museum strives chiefly to play to its strengths by enlarging the collection with important paintings by leading Golden Age artists, concentrating on the areas of the Stadholder’s collection that were already the best represented: Dutch and Flemish painting.
Thus the collection has been enriched over time with a large number of exceptional paintings, including:
• Portrait of a man by Hans Memling in 1894
• The goldfinch by Carel Fabritius in 1896
• ‘As the old sing, so pipe the young’ by Jan Steen in 1913
• Travellers outside an inn by Isack van Ostade in 1925
• Self-portrait by Rembrandt in 1947
• The adoration of the shepherds by Jacob Jordaens in 1959
• Simeon praising Christ by Arent de Gelder in 1987
• Wooded landscape with farmhouses by Meindert Hobbema in 1994
• Portrait of an elderly man by Rembrandt in 1999
• Portrait of a man and Portrait of a woman by Rubens in 2003
Peter Paul Rubens, Portrait of a man and Portrait of a woman
Acquired in 2003