Housed in a splendid 17th-century palace in The Hague, the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis holds one of the world's greatest collections of Dutch Golden Age paintings. Boasting exemplary works by celebrated masters such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer—including his much-loved Girl with a Pearl Earring—this jewel-box museum is a destination for art lovers from across the globe.
Accompanying a rare traveling exhibition of works from the Mauritshuis, this book guides readers through the highlights of the museum’s magnificent collection. A lavish catalogue features 35 masterpieces of portraiture, landscape, genre painting, history painting, and still life, each accompanied by text illuminating its context and significance. Curatorial essays provide an overview of the extraordinary world of the 17th-century Dutch Republic, explore the history and future of the Mauritshuis building and collection, offer an in-depth look at Girl with a Pearl Earring, and chronicle fascinating conservation treatments and technical research undertaken by the museum on behalf of its treasures. Both an engaging introduction for initiates and a stunning resource for devotees, this book invites readers to wander the elegant galleries of the Mauritshuis through the turn of each page, and to discover the sumptuous era of the Dutch Golden Age through each work of art detailed within.