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Past Exhibitions

Archive of past exhibitions at the Mauritshuis.

Alleen met Vermeer - Gezicht op Delft

Alone with Vermeer - 'The most beautiful painting in the world'

26 September 2020 - 3 January 2021 - There is one painting in the Mauritshuis’s rich collection that many visitors to the Mauritshuis have built up a particular bond with: View of Delft .

The renowned French novelist Marcel Proust visited the Mauritshuis in 1902 and was deeply impressed by Vermeer’s masterpiece. Many years later he wrote in a letter: ‘From the moment that I saw View of Delft in the museum in The Hague, I knew that I had seen the most beautiful painting in the world’. This exhibition consisted solely of the View of Delft. During a pre-booked slot, visitors had the opportunity – either alone or in a very small group – to experience in silence the effect that this very special artwork has on them. An ideal viewing experience is being created to support this: subtle design, perfect lighting and no external sounds or distractions. Alone with Vermeer. For many this display offers the opportunity to (re)discover their favourite painting, with which they sometimes already have a strong bond, in a unique environment.

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George Stubbs, Whistlejacket, National Gallery.

George Stubbs - The man, The horse, The obsession

20 februari 2020 - 30 augustus 2020 - The Mauritshuis presented an exhibition about England’s most celebrated horse painter: George Stubbs (1724-1806). This artist established his reputation with exceptional compositions of horses, which he painted in an lifelike fashion that was unprecedented. An in-depth study of the horse’s anatomy, for which the artist dissected the animals himself, laid the foundations for his success.

The exhibition George Stubbs – The Man, The Horse, The Obsession brings together 13 paintings, 10 anatomical drawings and the skeleton of the most famous racehorse of all time: Eclipse. The extraordinary highlight of the exhibition is the enormous (2.92 x 2.46cm) portrait of the racehorse Whistlejacket of 1762: an iconic work in which Stubbs painted the horse against an entirely empty background. This is the first time that this masterpiece from The National Gallery in London has travelled to mainland Europe.

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Maes, The Eavesdropper, Wellington Museum, Apsley House, Londen

Nicolaes Maes - Rembrandt’s Versatile Pupil

17 October 2019 - 19 January 2020 - Nicloaes Maes was one of Rembrandt's most talented students. With his original representations of everyday life, Nicolaes Maes was a source of inspiration for painters such as Pieter de Hooch and Johannes Vermeer. In his lifelike representation of emotions, Maes shows himself to be a fully-fledged student of Rembrandt.

Maes began his career by painting Biblical stories, in which the influence of his teacher is clearly visible. Rembrandt was a dedicated teacher who challenged his pupils to be inventive and come up with new things. Maes was inspired by his teacher, but at the same time always looked for his own, new solutions. This can be clearly seen in The sacrifice of Isaac(c. 1653). Maes gave this Biblical theme an explosive charge.

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Hello Rembrandt!

20 July - 15 September 2019 - Visit the Mauritshuis this summer holiday for Hello Rembrandt!, the hands-on exhibition for families with children aged 3 to 11. Young and old can learn more about the famous painter in an interactive exhibition. And of course, everyone can also practice being a Rembrandt student using paint and brushes.

In Hello Rembrandt visitors will be able to learn all about Rembrandt together. Who was Rembrandt and why is he still such a renowned artist? Did Rembrandt have siblings, what was paint made of in the seventeenth century?

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Rembrandt, Self-portraits, 1669

Rembrandt and the Mauritshuis

31 January - 15 September 2019 -The Mauritshuis has one of the most renowned and important collections of paintings by Rembrandt in the world. From 31 January till 15 September 2019, The museum will exhibit all of the eighteen paintings in the collection that are or have been attributed to Rembrandt. Among those are masterpieces such as The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp and Rembrandt’s late self-portrait, but also other paintings that are no longer considered to be by Rembrandt and are rarely – if ever – on display.

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Jan de Baen, Portrait of Johan Maurits (1604-1679), Count of Nassau-Siegen, Founder of the Mauritshuis, c.1668-1670

Shifting Image
In search of Johan Maurits

4 April - 7 July 2019 - In Brazil he is so well known that everyone knows who you mean with the name ‘Nassau’. In the Netherlands he was considered a hero in the seventeenth century, while today his name can be associated with colonialism and slavery. His name is Johan Maurits of Nassau-Siegen (1604-1679), governor of the Dutch colony in Brazil and the man who built the Mauritshuis. This exhibition takes a close look at Johan Maurits’s reputation and examines how his story can be viewed from different perspectives, both present-day and historical.

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Gerard ter Borch, The Introduction, c. 1662, Oil on canvas, 76 x 68 cm, National Trust, Polesden Lacey, Surrey

National Trust - Dutch Masters from British Country Houses

11 October 2018 - 6 January 2019

We proudly presented a unique exhibition this fall: twenty-two paintings from twelve National Trust houses. Never before had such a large group of Dutch paintings owned by the National Trust travelled outside of the United Kingdom.

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Rogier van der Weyden (and studio), Lamentation of Christ, c. 1460-1464, Mauritshuis, Den Haag (oil on panel, 80.6 x 130.1 cm)

Rogier van der Weyden Unveiled

14 June - 9 September 2018

In the summer of 2018, The Lamentation of Christ (c.1460-1464) by Rogier van der Weyden was restored in a specially built studio in the exhibition space of the Mauritshuis.

The Lamentation is the oldest painting in the Mauritshuis and the only work by the Flemish master in a Dutch museum. Visitors discovered the technical and art historical research into the painting. A rare loan from the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence was also on view.

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Jan Steen Vertelt.
Jan Steen, Moses and Pharaoh’s Crown, c.1670, Mauritshuis, The Hague

Jan Steen's Histories

15 February - 13 May 2018

In the exhibition Jan Steen’s Histories, the Mauritshuis exhibited a selection of Jan Steen’s finest history paintings. This seventeenth-century Dutch artist is best known as a painter of chaotic and disorderly scenes of everyday life, which gave rise to the popular Dutch proverb ‘a Jan Steen household’. But he also painted very different subjects: stories from the Bible, classical mythology and antiquity. The Mauritshuis showed – by means of twenty-one paintings – that Steen was a versatile and ambitious artist with a keen eye for amusing stories and anecdotes.

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Research Girl with a Pearl Earring Mauritshuis paintings conservator and head researcher Abbie Vandivere studies the Girl with a Pearl Earring.

The Girl in the Spotlight

26 February - 11 March 2018

At the beginning of 2018 an in-depth scientific examination of the Girl with a Pearl Earring (c. 1665) by Johannes Vermeer took place: ‘The Girl in the Spotlight’. The museum’s most famous painting was last examined in 1994, during a conservation treatment. Although further restoration is not yet required, major advances in non-invasive technical analysis have been made over the last 25 years. The Mauritshuis hopes to learn more about how Vermeer painted the Girl with a Pearl Earring, as well as the materials that he used.

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7 September 2017 - 14 January 2018

Better a good neighbour than a distant friend, so the saying goes. During the autumn of 2017, the Mauritshuis tells the story of Flemish portraiture using a selection of the best Flemish portraits from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Antwerp (KMSKA). The exhibition includes major works by Rogier van der Weyden, Hans Memling, Pieter Pourbus, Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck. 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.

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Antonello da Messina

Antonello in the Gallery

8 November - 7 January 2018

In autumn 2017 we present the fifth in our series of international masterpieces in the Prince William V Gallery. Previously on display were paintings by Caravaggio, Titian, Velázquez and Mantegna. This edition the Gallery showed The Crucifixion of Christ, an exceptional work by the Sicilian Renaissance master Antonello da Messina. Like the Flemish portraits in the Neighbours exhibition, it is on loan from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp.

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Clara Peeters, Stilleven met kazen, amandelen en krakelingen, c. 1615

Slow Food: Still Lifes of the Golden Age

9 March through 25 June 2017.

The Mauritshuis treats you to richly set tables piled high with tempting morsels and precious objects this spring. Slow Food: Still Lifes of the Golden Age is the first exhibition to be devoted to the development of meal still lifes.

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Andréa Mantegna (Isola di Carturo, c. 1431 - Mantoue, 1506) Ecce homo, rond 1500 Musée Jacquemart-André, Parijs

At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection

29 September 2016 – 5 February 2017.

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.

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Andréa Mantegna (Isola di Carturo, c. 1431 - Mantoue, 1506) Ecce homo, rond 1500 Musée Jacquemart-André, Parijs

Mantegna in the Gallery

13 October - 18 December 2016.

The Prince William V Gallery was exhibiting the masterpiece Ecce Homo by Andrea Mantegna (circa 1431-1506), one of the most important painters of the Italian Renaissance, from 13 October through 18 December 2016. The painting will be shown alongside Old Masters such as Steen, Rubens and Potter in the special presentation Mantegna in the Gallery. This loan from the Musée Jacquemart-André in Paris is the fourth international masterpiece to be presented in the Gallery. In previous years the Gallery exhibited paintings by Caravaggio, Titian and Velázquez.

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A Generous Gesture

1 September - 31 October 2016.

Room 13 of the Mauritshuis was devoted to five seventeenth century masterpieces, donated by Willem Baron van Dedem (1929-2015). The paintings form one of the most significant bequests in the museum’s history. 

The paintings are: Still Life of Tazza by Pieter Claesz, Still Life of Fruit and Wine Glasses on a Silver Plate by Willem Kalf, Brazilian Landscape with a House under Construction by Frans Post, Winter Landscape at Arnhem by Salomon van Ruysdael and Peasants Dancing outside a Bohemian Inn by Roelant Savery.

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Vik Muniz: Verso

9 June - 4 September 2016.

Vik Muniz is an internationally renowned artist who lives and works in New York and Rio de Janeiro. In his audacious and surprising artworks he seeks the boundary between reality and illusion.

Muniz presented his Versos at the Mauritshuis, a project he has been working on for fifteen years. Besides famous masterpieces, Muniz also created five Versos especially for this exhibition, based on five paintings from the Mauritshuis collection, including Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Goldfinch by Fabritius, and The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt.

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Andy Warhol, Portrait of Queen Beatrix

In and Out of Storage

4 February - 8 May 2016.

The collection of the Mauritshuis is not only coherent and manageable in size, but also quite visible. Yet it seems a shame that the works kept in storage are never, or rarely, put on display. This is why the Mauritshuis decided to show a selection of the best and worst works kept in storage.

Presenting twenty-five paintings from our storage, this exhibition intended to answer frequently asked questions including: what kinds of paintings are kept in storage, how did they end up there and why aren’t they hanging in the galleries?

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Dutch Self-Portraits - Selfies of the Golden Age

Dutch Self-Portraits
Selfies of the Golden Age

8 October 2015 - 3 January 2016.

Many seventeenth-century Dutch artists have painted self-portraits, more so than in any other time or place. Some of these painters, like Rembrandt, were specialists in the area, others created only one extant self-portrait.

In the autumn of 2015 the the Mauritshuis exhibited twenty-seven outstanding examples of self-portraits from the peak of Dutch painting, in the exhibition Dutch Self-Portraits - Selfies of the Golden Age.

Velázquez at the Gallery

Velázquez at the Gallery

1 October- 29 November2015

Following presentations of Caravaggio and Titian, an exceptional masterpiece was once again on display in the Prince William V Gallery. The painting, Portrait of Don Diego de Acedo by Diego Velázquez, was a loan from the Prado in Madrid.

Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599-1660) was the most famous Spanish painter of the seventeenth century. Not only was he a contemporary of Rembrandt, but he also had a comparably virtuoso painting style.

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Rembrandt? The Case of Saul and David

The Case of Saul and David

11 June - 13 September 2015.

The Mauritshuis has one of its most famous Rembrandts back. The full attribution of the painting Saul and David to Rembrandt is the exciting conclusion of eight years of research by a large team of international experts under the leadership of the Mauritshuis.

The carefully restored painting was the centrepiece of the exhibition Rembrandt? The Case of Saul and David.

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867), Comtesse d'Haussonville, 1845

The Frick Collection
Art Treasures from New York

5 februari - 10 mei 2015.

The Frick Collection is beautifully situated in the heart of New York, with a view on Central Park. It is a cherished museum, famous for the high quality of its collection. For the first time The Frick Collection lent a large part of its world-class collection: no fewer than 36 masterpieces were on display at the Mauritshuis.

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Titian in the Gallery

10 October - 7 December 2014.

In the autumn of 2014 a Titian was on display in the Prince William V Gallery: Venus Rising from the Sea from around 1520/25, a generous loan from the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh. Titian was the most influential painter of the Golden Age of Venetian art, the sixteenth century.

Titian in the Gallery was the second in a series of international masterpieces to be highlighted at the Gallery Prince William V.

Mauritshuis, The Hague

The Building

27 June 2014 - 4 January 2015.

The opening exhibition Mauritshuis - the building was the moment to share the background of our building with our visitors. The exhibition looked back at the rich history of the Mauritshuis and the illustrious residents and people who used the premises.

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