A treasure chamber full of masterpieces of Dutch and Flemish painting. This museum tour in the Mauritshuis in The Hague will show you the special highlights of one of the country's most exquisite art collections and explain to you the backgrounds in an easily accessible way.
The collection of paintings of the Mauritshuis contains top-class works of Netherlandish (Dutch and Flemish) art of the 16th and 17th centuries and some excellent renaissance paintings. Among the highlights, there are masterpieces by Johannes Vermeer, Peter Paul Rubens, Jan Steen, Gerard Dou, Gabriel Metsu and Frans van Mieris. Vermeer's "View of Delft" and his "Girl with the pearl earring", that made it to international fame, have returned to the renovated venerable museum rooms, as have Rembrandt's "Anatomy lesson of Dr. Tulp" and the popular Bull by Paulus Potter. Also Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini's 18th century paintings in the Golden Room have been thoroughly restored.
Among the Flemish masters, works by Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel I. stand out, like "The Garden of Eden with the Fall of Man", painted by both of them together, as do genre paintings by Andriaen Brouwer and David Teniers, an "Adoration of the Shepherds" by Jacob Jordaens and the fabulous 'kunstkamer' painting by Willem van Haecht, showing "Apelles Painting Campaspe".
World famous art works, that sometimes contain surprising secrets - you can best explore them during a private museum tour. Why did Carel Fabritius, who was killed in a tragic accident, paint a seemingly unremarkable goldfinch that later became famous in world literature? How was Doctor Nicolas Tulp's anatomy lesson conducted and what is wrong in the way Rembrandt painted it? What made the brilliant portrait painter Frans Hals choose the natural laugh of an ingenuous boy as only subject of a painting. Why does the wooden panel of Rubens' "Old Woman and Boy with Candles" appear so uneven and why is the red cabbage in Joachim Beuckelaer's "Kitchen Scene with Christ at Emmaus" not red or purple at all?
Find out about this and more and stimulate your art experience in one of the Netherlands' most important museums. Get enchanted by detailed still lifes, landscapes ready for your eyes to extensively stroll around, impressive portraits of fellow human beings from past ages, wittily encrypted genre paintings of seemingly everyday scenes of the 17th century and more.
Apart from works of art like these and others from the so called Golden Age of Dutch painting, there are also first class renaissance paintings to be admired, like Saint Mary by Lucas Cranach the Elder, portraits by Jan Gossaert and Hans Memling or Hans Holbein the Younger's unbelievably accurate effigy of the falconer Robert Cheseman.
The museum rooms in the main building, the actual Mauritshuis, shine again in their new old splendor and present masterpieces from the museum's collection. The new wing, called the Royal Dutch Shell Wing, on the occasion of the reopening presented a special exhibition about the construction, history and meaning of the Mauritshuis as a building. The former city palace of John Maurice of Nassau Siegen, designed by Jacob van Campen, is regarded as one of the most important examples of classicist architecture in Holland. Since 1822, it serves as accommodation for a high class collection of paintings that goes back to the belongings of stadholder William V (Willem V). He had already granted public acces to his art collection in his gallery at the Buitenhof in The Hague in 1774. Today, the „Galerij Prins Willem V" on this location, also belonging to the Mauritshuis museum, simulates the stadholder's original art gallery.
After renovation and expansion of the Mauritshuis has been completed in summer 2014, it is time again to bring a visit to this precious jewel among the Dutch museums and to enhance your pleasure in art with a guided museum tour by an expert.
Museum tour of c. 1,5 hours: from € 125,00 onwards (incl. VAT, excl. museum tickets)
Museum tour of c. 2 hours: from € 159,50 onwards (incl. VAT, excl. museum tickets)
Also longer tours are possible on request.
Number of participants: max. 12 persons.
Guided tours for bigger groups can be possible on request.
All agreements for guided tours in the Mauritshuis are subject to the Mauritshuis' approval of an external guided tour on the booked date and time. Preferably request your Kukullus museum tour at least 3 weeks before your planned visit to the Mauritshuis.
Sometimes people ask about my most favourite Kukullus museum tour. Difficult to say, every museum has its own character. But the Mauritshuis in The Hague remains special to me. Less bombastic than the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and yet having a grandeur of its own. That is caused by the exquisite nature of the art works it displays, the personal history of the building and its relatively small scale, at least in comparison to other museums. And by the fact that we owe it to an old fellow-countryman of mine, John Maurice of Nassau Siegen, who was born in about the same woods as I was. If I had been born 300 years earlier, he would have been my sovereign. He had the Mauritshuis built as a splendid city palace in The hague, not knowing that one day it would house such a great collection of old master paintings. Exploring them and having them explained is especially worthwhile. That is why there is a nice Kukullus guided museum tour in the Mauritshuis in The Hague.