We’ve had a lot of rainy days the past few weeks. But on rainy days there is still so much fun you can do, like a visit to the museum. The Hague, the political capitol of the Netherlands is also home of the Mauritshuis museum. Some of the best Dutch paintings from the Golden Age are on display here. Although it’s a compact collection, it’s world renowned because it consists of masterpieces like Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt, The Goldfinch by Fabritius and The Young Bull by Potter. The Mauritshuis itself is also a sight as it is a charming seventeenth century monument that used to be an aristocratic home, and therefore has small intimate rooms and impressive high authentic ceilings, some adorned with modern art. My visit was extra special as the museum was recently renovated and because Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring just returned from a world tour.
My favourite piece was ofcourse Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. But I also loved the many still life art pieces and a painting of my birthplace Delft. The way the light touches the New Church in that painting is mind blowing! Vermeer had such perfect eye for small details!
From the Mauritshuis you have a great view on the adjacent Binnenhof, the political center. Did you know the Mauritshuis is also open in the evening?
photos taken with my iPhone