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Upcoming exhibitions

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stubbs George Stubbs, Whistlejacket, c.1762
The National Gallery, London


George Stubbs - The Man, The Horse, The Obsession 

20 February – 1 June 2020 - George Stubbs (1724-1806) is one of England’s most significant eighteenth-century artists. In the Netherlands, however, he is practically an unknown. Stubbs represents a first for the Mauritshuis – never before in the Netherlands has an exhibition been dedicated to this important artist. The extraordinary highlight of the exhibition is the life-sized masterpiece Whistlejacket from the National Gallery in London. By means of thirteen paintings, ten anatomical drawings and the original skeleton of the world-famous racehorse Eclipse, the Mauritshuis will trace how Stubbs developed to become the leading horse painter in the United Kingdom.

The Mauritshuis is jointly organising the exhibition with the MK Gallery in Milton Keynes (United Kingdom). The exhibition will first be on view there from 11 October 2019 until 26 January 2020 under the title George Stubbs: ‘all done from Nature’.


Restauraties in het MauritshuisDetail from Frans Hals’s painting, Portrait of Aletta Olycan, 1625, during restoration.

Restorations in the Mauritshuis

2 July - 25 October 2020 - Not everyone knows that there is a conservation studio in the Mauritshuis attic. To ensure the collection remains in top condition, a team of in-house conservators dedicates its time to conserving, restoring and examining. In 2020 it will be exactly 25 years since the studio was installed in the attic. An opportune moment to consider the most intriguing restorations of the past twenty years, including paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, Steen and Rubens, but also by some lesser-known artists such as Cornelis de Heem and Jacob Ochtervelt. Restoring centuries-old paintings appeals to the imagination. What does it involve? What can we learn from a restoration? What do paintings look like pre and post restoration? And what have been the most amazing findings?

Geur en verbeelding in de Gouden Eeuw Jan Brueghel the Younger, Allegory of Smell, c.1630. Private collection

Smell and Imagination in the 17th Century

26 November 2020 – 5 April 2021 - This exhibition considers the sensation of smell in the seventeenth century. Scented flowers and perfumes, foul-smelling canals and unpleasant body odours, smell and well-being, new aromas from far-away lands (spices, tobacco, coffee and tea), the disappearing smells of the bleaching fields, old crafts and more. Can life in the Dutch Golden Age be captured in smell? How are smell (and scent) depicted? What significance did people attach to smell? And what aromatic connotations do artworks have? In this exhibition, the Mauritshuis is going to undertake smell-historical research. Various historic scents will be generated in the vicinity of the art to make the paintings in the exhibition come alive.

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