The Mauritshuis is home to the best of Dutch paintings of the 17th-century from the age of Rembrandt and Vermeer. Situated in the heart of The Hague, the compact and world-renowned collection includes masterpieces such as Vermeer's Girl with the Pearl Earring, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt, The Goldfinch by Fabritius and The Bull by Potter.
See more than two hundred pieces by Dutch and Flemish masters on display in the intimate exhibition rooms with silk wall coverings, sparkling chandeliers and monumental painted ceilings.
Download the Mauritshuis multimedia tour to your smartphone to hear about the paintings in the museum. The most important works of art also feature exciting photos and films. You can choose between a short tour along with the highlights, dive deeper into the seventeenth century, or choose to seek out your favorite paintings yourself. For younger visitors, there is a special tour, with amusing questions, interesting films and a surprising climax.
From 5 June – 29 August 2021, you can see the exhibition Fleeting – Scents in Colour.
In the exhibition, you can smell the 17th-century artworks where the colors jump from the surface and the wonderful scent almost comes to greet you, also including paintings and drawings where you’d rather hold your nose. As well as seeing the paintings, you will also experience them with your sense of smell. Via (covid-safe) dispensers, visitors will be able to experience various smells represented in the art, both fragrant and foul.
The exhibition explores the portrayal of smell and odor in 17th-century art, the scents of the past, the role of scent in stories, the suggestion of scent in artworks, as well as sensory perception. Even though the scent is the subject of the exhibition and there will be all kinds of smells to enjoy, it is the artworks above all that carry the story.