The Mauritshuis officially known as the Royal Picture Gallery is home to the best of Dutch paintings four centuries ago. The Museum, since 1822, situated in The Hague, Netherlands, came into being after King William I donated the collection belonging to his father, Stadholder Prince William V of Orange to the Dutch State in 1816.
The collection is made up of about 800 paintings dating from 1400 to 1800. There are Flemish, German and French works but the vast majority are Dutch and date from seventeenth century, period of great prosperity boasting famous painters as Rembrandt, Vermeer.
The Mauritshuis was built in 1633 to 1644 as a residence of Count Johan Maurits of Nassau-Siegen, military commander and governor of the Dutch colony in Brazil for eight years. Jacob van Campen, the architect created the finest examples of the Dutch classism.
Now time for an amazing visit. You will be as I have been stunned by the brushstrokes and details of most of the paintings.
The above is a close-up of Heda’s painting, notice the details of the lemon and its peel.
Vermeer reflected tranquility in his painting, by making three horizontal strips: water, city and sky.
“Girl with a pearl earring” is Vermeer’s most famous painting. It’s not a portrait but a “tronie” – a painting of an imaginary figure. Tronies depict a certain type of character, in this case, the girl in exotic dress wearing an oriental turban and an improbably large pearl in her ear.
Johannes Vermeer was the master of light. This is shown here in the softness of the girl’s face and the glimmers of light on her moist lips. And of course, the shining pearl.
Here ends our visit, lots more to see. We will be back!