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Lokke Moerel New Chair of Mauritshuis Supervisory Board

11 January 2018

Lokke Moerel has been named Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Mauritshuis in The Hague as of 1 April 2018. Lokke Moerel, lawyer at global law firm Morrison & Foerster and professor of Global ICT at Tilburg University, is a highly experienced board supervisor. She was Chair of the Supervisory Board of the World Wildlife Fund until last month and is currently on the board of the Rembrandt Association.

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New research into Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring

31 January 2018

On Monday 26 February 2018, the Mauritshuis launches The Girl in the Spotlight: an in-depth scientific examination of the Girl with a Pearl Earring (c. 1665) by Johannes Vermeer. 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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New in-depth research into Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring starts with macro-XRF scan

26 February 2018

Head Researcher Abbie Vandivere and Annelies van Loon switch on the macro-X-ray fluorescence scanner. Vermeer’s painting Girl with a Pearl Earring (c. 1665) will be scanned millimetre by millimetre during the next few days. This MA-XRF scan marks the beginning of The Girl in the Spotlight: a joint project within the framework of the Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science (NICAS).

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Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring is back on display in the usual location

12 March 2018

Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, the public’s favourite from the collection of the Mauritshuis in The Hague, is back on display in the usual location in Room 15. The past two weeks, the painting has undergone in-depth scientific examination, conducted in the museum’s Golden Room.

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Public Restoration of Oldest Painting in the Mauritshuis

23 April 2018

Beginning June 14, 2018, The Lamentation of Christ (c.1460-1464) by Rogier van der Weyden will be restored in a specially built studio in the exhibition space of the Mauritshuis. The Lamentation is the oldest painting in the Mauritshuis and the only work by the Flemish master in a Dutch museum. Visitors will discover the technical and art historical research into the painting. A rare loan from the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence will also be on view. Not only will the treatment recover the magnificent colours with which the masterpiece was painted, but the Mauritshuis also expects to learn more about the artwork’s history.

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National Trust. Dutch masters from British country houses

11 October 2018

Starting 11th October 2018, the Mauritshuis is organising an exhibition on 17th-century Dutch paintings with an English origin. Twenty-two Dutch masters from twelve British country houses tell the story of the enormous popularity enjoyed by these Golden Age artists in the United Kingdom. In the 18th and 19th centuries in particular, the British nobility decorated the rooms of their monumental country houses with landscapes, portraits, still lifes and genre pieces by the most famous old masters, including Rembrandt van Rijn, Aelbert Cuyp, Pieter Saenredam and Jan Steen.

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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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2019: Rembrandt and the Mauritshuis

01 November 2018

In 2019 Rembrandt van Rijn will have been dead for 350 years, but his art continues to fascinate the world. Each new generation rediscovers this brilliant Dutch Golden Age painter. And each new generation has its favourite ‘Rembrandts’, re-examining his paintings and discovering new details and stories in them. Rembrandt produced more than 300 works during his lifetime, many of which have made their way to leading international museums.

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A Merry Company Mauritshuis acquires rare Willem Buytewech painting

15 November 2018

The Mauritshuis in The Hague has acquired an extremely rare painting by Willem Buytewech with the support of the BankGiro Lottery. Only six paintings by the artist are known. With Merry Company on a Terrace from c. 1616-1617, the museum has secured a key work in the development of early Dutch genre painting.

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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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Counting Down to a Rembrandt Year in 2019 - An Innovative and High-Profile 2018 for the Mauritshuis

20 December 2018

The Mauritshuis in The Hague had an innovative and high-profile year, with projects including the recently-launched Meet Vermeer. The museum expects to receive 442,000 visitors to the Mauritshuis and to Prince William V Gallery combined. This month the countdown began to Rembrandt & The Dutch Golden Age 2019, a national commemoration of the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death.

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