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Collection on tour

The Mauritshuis has a small and accessible collection of old masters, with an emphasis on Dutch painting of the seventeenth century. As a rule almost a third of the paintings are exhibited in the Mauritshuis. The museum displays a further 150 paintings from its collection in the Prince William V Gallery.

Short-term loans

Sometimes artworks are temporarily not on display due to research or short-term loans to exhibitions in the Netherlands and abroad. Major works such as the Girl with a Pearl Earring and the View of Delft are usually on display at all times. If important paintings are to be lent, we will announce this well ahead of time on this page.

 

The Girl in the Spotlight

The Girl in the Spotlight

26 February – 11 March 2018 - In 2018 the Mauritshuis kicks off a research project on its most famous painting, Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. Technical investigations will take place in the museum’s ‘Golden Room’ from 26 February through 11 March 2018. This presents visitors a unique opportunity to experience research up close. Please note that the painting might be slightly harder to see than usual during this period.


Roelant Savery, Vaas met bloemen voor een stenen nis

Roelant Savery, Vase of Flowers in a Stone Niche, 1615

Currently on view in the Pop-up exhibition Top Ten on Tour: Masterpieces acquired for the Netherlands thanks to the BankGiro Lottery.

From 4 October 2017 through 25 March 2018, The Kröller-Müller Museum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum and the Mauritshuis are sending ten masterpieces on tour to various museums in the Netherlands.



Rembrandt van Rijn, Portret van een oude man, 1667

Rembrandt, Portrait of an Elderly Man, 1667

Currently on view in the Pop-up exhibition Top Ten on Tour: Masterpieces acquired for the Netherlands thanks to the BankGiro Lottery.

From 4 October 2017 through 25 March 2018, The Kröller-Müller Museum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum and the Mauritshuis are sending ten masterpieces on tour to various museums in the Netherlands.



Jacob van Ruisdael, Gezicht op Bentheim, c. 1652-54

Jacob van Ruisdael, View of Bentheim Castle, c. 1652 - 1654

Currently on view in the Pop-up exhibition Top Ten on Tour: Masterpieces acquired for the Netherlands thanks to the BankGiro Lottery.

From 4 October 2017 through 25 March 2018, The Kröller-Müller Museum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum and the Mauritshuis are sending ten masterpieces on tour to various museums in the Netherlands.


Rogier van der Weyden (en atelier), De bewening van Christus, c. 1460-1464?, Mauritshuis Den Haag

Rogier van der Weyden (and studio), The Lamentation of Christ, c. 1460-1464?

The Mauritshuis will research and restore one of its oldest and most special works: The Lamentation of Christ, painted c. 1460-1464 by Rogier van der Weyden. During the exhibition 'Rogier van der Weyden - research and restoration' (14 June - 9 September 2018) the painting will be restored in public view.

The painting will not be on view from 4 January 2018 until 13 June 2018.


Hans Holbein de Jonge, Portrait of Robert Cheseman (1485-1547), 1533

On view in the exhibitio Charles I: King and Collector.

From 27 January through 15 April in the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

 


Michel Sittow, Portrait of a man, c. 1510

On view in the exhibition Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe.

From 28 January through 13 May in the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

From 8 June through 16 September in the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn.

 

Long-term loans

The Mauritshuis wishes to participate actively in the meaningful distribution of publicly owned art in the Netherlands. The aim is to find alternative accommodation for pieces that do not fit well in the core collection, thereby doing them greater justice.

The museum has loaned a number of exceptionally large paintings and other pictures that sit uneasily in its collection to the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem since its opening in 1913. These loans now form an essential part of that museum’s permanent display. They include The Wedding of Peleus and Thetis, an enormous painting by Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem.

In 1948, for instance, the Mauritshuis loaned all its Italian and Spanish works to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.  Two fifteenth-century portraits by Piero di Cosimo now play a key role in the Rijksmuseum’s revised presentation. Salome with the Head of John the Baptist (1524) by Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen also enhances the Rijksmuseum’s collection

Visitors to several foreign museums may also encounter long-term loans from the Mauritshuis, such as a history painting by Arent de Gelder in the National Gallery in London. The Mauritshuis has established an exchange programme with the National Gallery, which offered the ‘reciprocal loan’ of a magnificent landscape with livestock by Aelbert Cuyp, an artist insufficiently represented in The Hague.

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