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2019 – Rembrandt & the Dutch Golden Age year

Put the following exhibitions in your diary:

Rembrandt, Self-Portrait, 1669, Mauritshuis, The Hague

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. 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. All of these works together show the shifting perception of Rembrandt throughout the centuries. More information.

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. More information.

Twee kinderen volgen een schilderworkshop in het Mauritshuis.

Hello Rembrandt!

20 July - 15 September - During the 2019 summer holidays, families with children aged 3 to 11 have an opportunity to find out more about Rembrandt, the most famous painter of the Dutch Golden Age. The interactive presentation chock full of games, assignments and videos gives visitors of all ages a playful introduction to the artist and his paintings. Who was Rembrandt, and why is he so famous? Come and hear, feel, smell and see for yourself! And of course, everyone’s welcome to grab some brushes and paint in our Art Workshop and step in the shoes of a 17th-century artist. More information.


Nicolaes Maes, The Old Lacemaker, c. 1655, Mauritshuis, The Hague

Nicolaes Maes
Rembrandt’s Versatile Pupil

17 October 2019 - 19 January 2020 - The Mauritshuis presents an exhibition on Nicolaes Maes, one of Rembrandt’s most talented pupils, in the autumn of 2019. It is the first big international exhibition showcasing this artist, with more than 30 paintings and highlighting all aspects of Maes' varied oeuvre. Maes started his career painting biblical representations, which clearly show his master´s influence. In subsequent years he painted intimate domestic scenes, which usually focussed on women engaged in household chores. Beginning in the 1660s, Maes developed an elegant style of portraiture that was popular with his clients in Dordrecht and Amsterdam. Featuring over thirty paintings the exhibition shows all aspects of Maes’s varied oeuvre.

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