Mauritshuis and Jan Steen
The Mauritshuis often works on Jan Steen, who is considered one of the leading painters of the Dutch Golden Age (alongside Rembrandt, Vermeer and Hals). The museum owns fifteen of his paintings. In 2011 the museum expanded its sizeable collection of Steens with its first history painting: Moses and Pharaoh’s Crown. The fact that there hasn’t been a history piece in the collection before this time demonstrates that this part of Steen’s oeuvre had been undervalued for many years. This acquisition now provides the impetus for this exhibition that will shine a light on Jan Steen’s versatility as an artist.
The initial results of the technical examination of Jan Steen’s work – undertaken over the last few years by the Mauritshuis together with Shell as Partners in Science – will appear in the exhibition. Mauritshuis conservators and experts from Shell have been investigating the pigments used by Steen in Shell’s research laboratory. The aim of the research is to gain a better understanding of Steen’s painting technique and the chronological development of his work.
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The exhibition Jan Steen’s Histories is realised in part due to the generous support of Nationale-Nederlanden, part of NN Group, as well as the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation, the BankGiro Lottery, a donation from the late Mr Gerard van Meurs, the Zabawas Foundation and the American Friends of the Mauritshuis.
The Mauritshuis and Waanders Publishers have produced a richly illustrated catalogue (in Dutch and English) to accompany the exhibition Jan Steen’s Histories, available in the museum shop and all good bookshops. The catalogue is written by Ariane van Suchtelen (Mauritshuis Curator) with contributions from Wouter Kloek, Mariët Westermann, Yvonne Bleyerveld, Lea van der Vinde and Rosalie van Gulick. Jan Steen’s Histories; € 27,50 (ISBN: 978 94 6262 1664 NUR 644).