Maurits En Janey Jacké2

Pride at the Mauritshuis

Did you know our wonderful city palace is absolutely stuffed with stories about the lgbtiq+ community? In this Art Story, our experts share their favourite anecdotes.

About art and history, but also about current themes. Let's go!

Maurits En Janey Jacké1

Janey Jacké

Drag superstar

Quentin Portret

Quentin Buvelot

Senior Curator Mauritshuis

Vera Portret

Vera Bos

Project leader programming

Explore the museum with Janey

Together we'll explore the many lhbtiq+ stories of the Mauritshuis.

2 min

A war hero in drag?

Achilles died a hero's death during the Trojan War. To avoid that fate, he disguised himself as a woman and went into hiding at the court of Lycomedes. He also had a very intense relationship with the warrior Patroclus.

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  • Vera Bos

    Project leader programming

    Vera Portret
Gerard De Lairesse Achilles
Gerard de Lairesse, Achilles Discovered among the Daughters of Lycomedes, 1680

Dr. Tulp and the lesbians

What does this world-famous painting by Rembrandt have to do with Pride? Discover the story of Dr. Tulp, who became involved in the lawsuit of Hendrikje Schuur.

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  • Vera Bos

    Project leader programming

    Vera Portret
Rembrandt Anatomische Les Mh146 Mauritshuis
Rembrandt van Rijn, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp, 1632

Very good friends..

Even though Stadholder-King William III was married to Mary Stuart, he also had some very intimate friendships with men. William, what's going on here?

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  • Quentin Buvelot

    Senior Curator Mauritshuis

    Quentin Portret
Jan Blommendael Buste Van Willem III
Jan Blommendael - Bust of Stadholder-King William III (1650-1702), 1699

Diana & Callisto

The goddess Diana insisted that her nymphs remain virgins for life. Still, she experienced a few intimate moments with Princess Callisto. Or were there other forces at play?

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  • Vera Bos

    Project leader programming

    Vera Portret
De godin Diana zit uit te rusten, samen met haar nimfen, op dit schilderij van Johannes Vermeer
Johannes Vermeer, Diana and her Nymphs, c. 1653-1654

The story of Bredius

Abraham Bredius, former director of the Mauritshuis, collected some of the Mauritshuis's most iconic paintings, such as 'The Goldfinch' and a number of works by Rembrandt.

However, in his time it was not always easy to have a relationship with someone of the same sex.

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  • Quentin Buvelot

    Senior Curator Mauritshuis

    Quentin Portret
Abraham Bredius
Theo van Reijn, Bust of Abraham Bredius (1855-1946), 1933

Everyone can be our Girl #Mygirlwithapearl

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer is actually much more than a girl. She is universal. Creatives from all over the world have been inspired by this iconic painting, regardless of gender, preferences or appearance.

It proves once again: You have every right to be whoever you want to be, you are beautiful!

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Credits

Credits

Janey Jacké

Joy Delima

Tijn de Jong

Quentin Buvelot

Vera Bos

KlevR

Jeroen van den Heuvel

Drags of Anarchy

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