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Mauritshuis Acquires Painting by Rembrandt’s Most Influential Teacher

16 January 2019

The Mauritshuis has for many years had an engaging and high-quality painting by Pieter Lastman (1583-1633), Rembrandt’s most influential teacher, on its wish list. This dream has now been fulfilled with the acquisition of St John the Baptist Preaching of 1627. The painting was purchased from an American owner by the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation with the support of a private donor.

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Mauritshuis presents an exhibition about shifting perceptions and images of Johan Maurits

17 January 2019

From 4 April, the Mauritshuis will present an exhibition devoted to the shifting perceptions and images of the man who built the Mauritshuis: Johan Maurits of Nassau-Siegen (1604-1679). Shifting Image – In Search of Johan Maurits will offer a variety of perspectives on Johan Maurits, from his reputation as the governor of the Dutch colony in Brazil in the seventeenth century to present-day interpretations of his life and work. In this exhibition, the Mauritshuis will show works from its collection that are related to Johan Maurits in new ways that will provide insights into our shifting image and perception of the man who built the museum. How was that image formed and how has it changed over the centuries?

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Rembrandt…? Attribution of two Paintings in Mauritshuis Collection to be Researched

30 January 2019

After the exhibition Rembrandt and the Mauritshuis has ended, the Mauritshuis will embark on new research into two paintings in its collection to determine whether or not they are indeed by Rembrandt. The works in question are Study of an Old Man from 1650 and ‘Tronie’ of an Old Man from c. 1630-31. Both were purchased as genuine Rembrandts by then Mauritshuis director Abraham Bredius, in 1891 and 1892, but are today considered ‘doubtful’ by the museum. Both paintings will also be thoroughly restored.

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