Wednesday, June 24, 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 ( 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,

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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