We invite you to be a part of us for a very special withinTauck presentation – a fascinating “virtual” walk by means of the Mauritshuis with a museum docent who guides you by way of the assortment, providing powering-the-scenes facts, stories and insights. The museum is celebrating its bicentennial this calendar year with unique exhibitions and occasions – and we’re happy to introduce this particular withinTauck so you are portion of it.
On pick Rhine river cruises, friends get pleasure from an special function – a non-public night in Den Haag, Netherlands, at Mauritshuis – an amazing museum that resides in a 17th-century mansion housing legendary masterpieces of the Dutch Golden Age. The selection features operates by Rembrandt, Holbein the Younger and Vermeer – including his legendary Female With A Pearl Earring.
For further information and facts, or to study additional about the Mauritshuis, the collections and Female With A Pearl Earring, we have curated some video clips and documentaries that you can watch below.
Drs. Wendy Fossen
Drs. Wendy Fossen BA MA is a freelance artwork historian and working as a museum guidebook for the Mauritshuis as well as the Kunstmuseum, both of those found in The Hague. As a tour supervisor for a Dutch journey company she normally takes groups on cultural and art similar journey across Europe, as a docent she teaches art history to older people and as a speaker she offers lectures on a extensive selection of artwork historical topics through The Netherlands.
To commit a lot more time in the Mauritshuis, consider a self-guided virtual tour with Mauritshuis at dwelling. And to master much more about the Lady With a Pearl Earring, study the Girl with a Weblog.
Q & A
Q. The wall coverings through the museum are beautiful, are they silk?
A: Yes, they are in fact silk.
Q. The ‘View of Delft’ is so wonderful, and I recognized that it was a countrywide treasure that never left the place. Can you communicate about its position in the long term selection?
A: Being one particular of the 3 Vermeers in our assortment it is an artwork we treasure. However, all a few of them have been on personal loan to international museums a number of instances and when they are house they are usually on screen in our museum.
Q. Did Vermeer use mirrors to build the realism of his paintings as Teller hypothesizes?
A: There are differing thoughts as to irrespective of whether Vermeer used optical devices (mirror, camera obscura, or some other machine) to make his compositions. By means of technical examinations of Vermeer paintings going on in preparing for the 2023 exhibition, we hope to get rid of a lot more gentle on this. Modern analysis on Female With a Pearl Earring found no concrete proof to counsel that he utilized this sort of gadgets all through painting on the other hand, he may possibly have been impressed by looking via a digital camera obscura prior to painting, which could demonstrate the heightened contrast involving gentle and dim all round, and slight ‘blurriness’ of specified information.
Q. What do all the cracks in the Lady With a Pearl Earring inform us?
A: Female With a Pearl Earring has produced cracks more than time owing to organic ageing and embrittlement of the paint, preceding conservation treatment method that made use of heat and/or dampness, as nicely as exterior forces (physical harm). If you’d like to find out a lot more, you can study this write-up.
Q. If the Girl With a Pearl Earring is not a portrait, what is it?
A: The Girl With the Pearl Earring is a tronie, an architype. She represents an unique girl carrying a turban and that pearl in her ear.