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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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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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Mauritshuis exhibition reveals an unfamiliar side of Jan Steen

12 December 2017

In the exhibition Jan Steen’s Histories, the Mauritshuis will exhibit a selection of Jan Steen’s finest history paintings. This seventeenth-century Dutch artist is best known as a painter of chaotic and disorderly scenes of everyday life, which gave rise to the popular Dutch proverb ‘a Jan Steen household’. But he also painted very different subjects: stories from the Bible, classical mythology and antiquity. From 15 February until 13 May 2018, the Mauritshuis will show – by means of twenty-one paintings – that Steen was a versatile and ambitious artist with a keen eye for amusing stories and anecdotes.

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Van der Weyden, Rubens and Van Dyck. Renowned Flemish Masters on View in The Hague

05 September 2017

From 7 September 2017 through 14 January 2018 the Mauritshuis will tell the story of Flemish portraiture using a selection of the best Flemish portraits from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Antwerp (KMSKA), including major works by Rogier van der Weyden, Hans Memling, Pieter Pourbus, Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck.

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Top Ten on Tour: Masterpieces acquired for the Netherlands thanks to the BankGiro Lottery

27 July 2017

The Kröller-Müller Museum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum and the Mauritshuis are collaborating on a special project this autumn. From 4 October 2017 through 25 March 2018, the four museums will send ten masterpieces on tour to various museums in the Netherlands.

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