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National Trust. Dutch masters from British country houses

11 September 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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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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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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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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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 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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