07 October 2018

A Sojourn in Southern Holland: Mauritshuis

The Mauritshuis is an art museum located in Den Haag. I was early enough to arrive in the city that I actually caught the museum still closed. This was a good thing, as it's relatively popular, and seeing important art pieces while the crowd isn't too thick was actually a better experience. So I queued up at the gate, and when it opened, I was one of the first people who got a ticket. After purchasing my ticket, I immediately went to one particular salon.

Yes, Johannes Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring is here. So I rushed to it, because I knew that everyone else would want to see it. When I arrived to it, there was already a private tour going on, two guests as well as one art expert, explaining to the two why this painting was significant. So I eavesdropped and learned a little bit of it. After some time, I checked out other rooms, and lo and behold, I found Rembrandt's Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, which was also a very impressive piece. Just check out the gazes of the people depicted. They are all looking at different places!

There are plenty of other masterpieces in this museum, mostly stemming from the Dutch Golden Age. I never really had an admiration for Rembrandt's talents until I got to see his works up close and personal. Additionally, I am actually more a fan of contemporary art, but yes, seeing these masterpieces in the flesh makes me appreciate them as well. So if you're artistically inclined and in Den Haag, check this museum out.


  1. Nice! My parents would love going there, I'm sure. Like you, I tend to like contemporary works (yet not modern art) best but these are masterpieces and they speak to me.

    1. Zhu,

      It definitely is an amazing experience to see paintings live and in the flesh, especially those paintings that one only previously have seen in replicas and encyclopedias.