Panorama Mesdag The Hague Reviews
Something unique Jun 03, 2011
Panorama Mesdag is a small museum with several pieces of art, but one of them really stands out. It is the panoramic painting of the village of Scheveningen in the 19th century.
The panorama is located at the end of the museum. The hall that leads up to it contains paintings and self-portraits of Hendrik and Sientje Mesdag, the painters of the panorama. The actual panorama is accessible with stairs. They start in a dark space and then lead up to the light, where you have a feeling of disorientation at first. You end up in a round room with around you nothing but the painting. The old village of Scheveningen looks so real, and with the help of the old wooden platform you are standing on it is as if you are actually in the 19th century.
The painting was painted in 1881 in only four months, with the help of some other painters. It is 14 meters high and 120 meters wide. It is also 14 meters away from the platform. Because of the covered platform you are unable to see the actual end of the painting. Also, the light dome is invisible. But it makes for a spectacular view.
A lot of details can be seen on the painting, such as the old bath house, the beach and the sea, small houses, several boats and even Sientje Mesdag herself.
The entrance fee is only €6,00. On the platform information can be heard through the soundsystem. The museum is a nice little getaway from city life and really makes you imagine how life must have been then.
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Panorama Mesdag: a look into the past to Scheveningen 1880's Feb 08, 2011
Introduction from the website:
"Mesdag Panorama is the most beautiful sensation of my life. It has just one tiny flaw and that is its flawlesness."
(Vincent van Gogh, painter, 1881)
Panorama Mesdag is a cylindrical painting, more than 14 meters high and 120 meters in circumference. The vista of the sea, the dunes and Scheveningen village was painted by one of the most famous painters of the Hague School, Hendrik Willem Mesdag. It is the oldest 19th century panorama in the world in its original site, and a unique cultural heritage.
- be surrounded by the biggest painting in Holland
- look 360 degrees around you
- experience the illusion of an unlimited view from the top of a sand-dune
- see the clouds pass by and the sun break through
- get the feeling of life as it was in 1881
When you are visiting the royal city of The Hague you should not miss Panorama Mesdag, one of the biggest panorama's in the world!
Not a lot of people know about it, but it's a painting which makes you lose yourself and really makes you feel like you are a part of it.
When you are standing in the Panorama it's hard to believe that it is really just a painting.
It's hard to say anything more about it, you have to experience it yourself!
The museum is located right next to the new Hilton hotel and is at a walking distance from the centre of The Hague and Palace Noordeinde.