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Johan Maurits, Ferdinand Bol

Bust Johan Maurits

15 January 2018

Recent media reports have sent mixed messages about the removal of the bust of Johan Maurits from the foyer of the Mauritshuis. We would like to offer some context.

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Research Girl with a Pearl Earring

New research into Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring

31 January 2018

From Monday 26 February to Sunday 11 March 2018 an in-depth scientific examination of the Girl with a Pearl Earring (c. 1665) by Johannes Vermeer will take place: ‘The Girl in the Spotlight’. The museum’s most famous painting was last examined in 1994, during a conservation treatment.

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Mauritshuis Rediscovers Jan Steen Painting
‘As if it’s fresh from Jan Steen’s studio’

09 February 2018

The Mocking of Samson, a painting in the collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA), has been reattributed to Jan Steen. After extensive research, specialists from the Mauritshuis have concluded that the painting -- long thought to have been an eighteenth-century copy after Jan Steen – is by the master himself. Its style of painting, technique and subject matter are entirely in keeping with Steen’s oeuvre. The painting has undergone technical examination at the Mauritshuis in collaboration with Shell and conservation treatment by conservators from the museum. The newly restored and rediscovered Steen from Antwerp will feature as one of the highlights of the upcoming exhibition Jan Steen’s Histories, on at the Mauritshuis from 15 February.

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The Mauritshuis to organise exhibition about images and perceptions of Johan Maurits. Museum invites visitors to form their own opinion.

10 July 2018

Next year, the Mauritshuis will be organising an exhibition about different images and perceptions of the museum’s name-giver, Johan Maurits of Nassau-Siegen (1604-1679). The exhibition Portrayals and perceptions of Johan Maurits will present a variety of perspectives on Johan Maurits, from his reputation as the governor of Dutch Brazil in the 17th century to contemporary interpretations of his life and work. The Mauritshuis invites visitors to the exhibition to form and share their viewpoints. The museum is currently developing the concept for the exhibition, which will open on 4 April 2019.

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Mauritshuis acquires painting of Constantijn Huygens

23 October 2018

The Mauritshuis in The Hague has acquired a flower cartouche by the Antwerp artist Daniel Seghers (1590-1661) with support from the BankGiro Loterij and Mr H.B. van der Ven. A portrait bust of the poet, diplomat and scholar Constantijn Huygens is in the centre of the composition. The painting had been off the radar since 1828, but it recently resurfaced in a private collection. The new acquisition, which has been restored, is now on display in the museum.

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Google Arts & Culture: Meet Vermeer - The first virtual museum to show all of Johannes Vermeer’s paintings

03 December 2018

Today Google Arts & Culture and the Mauritshuis launch Meet Vermeer, the first ever international online retrospective of Johannes Vermeer’s paintings, made in collaboration with 17 cultural partners across Europe and the United States. The highlight is the Pocket Gallery: a virtual exhibition including all of the Dutch Old Master’s works in a new Google Arts & culture app that uses augmented reality. A dream for Vermeer fans worldwide.

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