Den Haag with Mauritshuis
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To day we will walk around in Den Haag and visit Mauritshuis. We all wanted to see Vermeers "Girl with Pearl Earring". Vermeer is one of my favorite Dutch painters.
The collection of the Mauritshuis is the property of the Dutch state. The oldest part of the collection consists of the paintings owned in the 18th century by the stadholder, Prince Willem V of Orange-Nassau (1748-1806). In 1815 his son, King Willem I (1772-1843), handed over these paintings to the Dutch state, thus providing the basis of the Royal Cabinet of Paintings, now called the Royal Picture Gallery.
In the last 200 years the collection of the Mauritshuis has grown considerably. In 1822 the museum housed around 200 paintings, but now it has nearly 800.
Many important paintings in the Mauritshuis came from this collection, such as The bull by Potter, The young mother by Dou, The garden of Eden by Brueghel and Rubens, and Holbein’s Portrait of Robert Cheseman.
The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis houses a world-famous collection of art. The heart of the collection consists of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, including top-quality work by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Jan Steen and Frans Hals.
Time passes quick when you have nice experienses. After 2 houers in Mautritshuis we had to deside to move on to see more of Den Haag. I think that them of you who know of my passion for cow`s, have figured it out that I have added a new Dutch painter to my favorites; Potter.
So much to see, so much to experience. Den Haag is a fantastic city with its colourful culture, nice channels, good shopping places and nice friendly people.
Last experience of Den Haags culture was visiting Smelik Stokking. Ohhhhh........ I`l let the photos from the garden speak.....