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.
Temporarily not on view
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 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.