Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mauritshuis, 1

The Mauritshuis has been closed the last several years for renovations, and many of its holdings either shared via neighbor museums or sent on a world-wide tour. We visited the tour when it came to San Francisco in 2013 and admired its assorted Hals, Steens, and Vermeer (http://roadeveron.blogspot.be/2013/02/de-girl-with-de-pearl-at-de-young.html). So naturally we wanted to see the larger Mauritshuis now that it is all put back together.
The Mauritshuis, in the government center















It is of course the home of the girl with the pearl...we'll get to
her later
















A Garden of Eden done jointly by Rubens and Peter Breughel
the Younger
















Francois Brunel's disturbing Confiscation of the Contents of
a Painter's Studio
, 1590
















Rogier van der Weyden's Lamentation, mid-15th century















Hendrik Avercamp, Ice Scene, 1610















Up closer for Breughelesque humor















Clara Peeters, Still Life with Pretzel, 1615; I swear I am not
making this up
















One of Rembrandt's first big hits, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr.
Nicholaes Tulp
; done when R was only 25
















Rembrandt's Homer, 1663



















Rembrandt, Self-Portrait, 1669; probably his last



















And on a lighter note, one of the Mauritshuis' most popular
pieces, so the guide said, Paulus Potter's The Bull, 1647;
life-sized, too
















Detail; certainly the largest cow pattie in 17th century art;
certainly exceeded somewhere in the 20th century, whose
excesses knew few limits

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