The Hague, Mauritshuis Museum, and Delft

Harmony Cardenas

I had no plan how considerably I would love The Hague! It really is a lovely and peaceful metropolis, crisscrossed with canals, particularly walkable, comprehensive of a lot of excellent dining places, and with general public transportation that tends to make it uncomplicated to get almost everywhere else in Holland. And on top of all that appeal and livability, it has an remarkable entire world-class museum correct in the center of it, the Mauritshius, which has a assortment of works by artists like Vermeer, Rubens, Holbein, and Rembrandt! My spouse Nowell and I were extremely satisfied with our selection to make The Hague our household-base in Holland.

As we walked to the Mauristhuis museum we stopped for a picture at this amazing see of the Dutch Parliament. The 13th-century Binnenhof is the oldest parliament creating however in use. The system of h2o in advance of it is identified as the Hofvijver which implies “court pond”. It truly is spectacular to see these attractiveness in the center of a city… and appear at that traditional Dutch sky!

The Maurithuis museum was just a 15-moment flat and picturesque stroll from our hotel, so we arrived new and all set for an exciting dose of Art! This is a stunning assortment with many extremely popular gems, including Vermeer’s Lady with the Pearl Earring and View of Delft, as effectively as Fabritius’ Goldfinch.

I acquired some great depth photographs showing the cracks and restoration of Woman with the Pearl, the astonishing pointillism and little, exact shapes of Perspective of Delft, and the luscious brushwork of the Goldfinch.

Girl with the Pearl and Goldfinch ended up basically exhibited a several years back in San Francisco in which I live, so really strangely this was my Next time observing both of those these iconic functions. I did like observing them in their dwelling in the Mauristhuis, nevertheless. In the San Francisco show Goldfinch was hung in a slim hallway, and The Pearl was hung in a entirely black room with an rigorous highlight, which was intended to improve the drama of the experience, but in its place manufactured the confront blindingly light. So I was equipped to appreciate the two functions greater in this properly-lit museum.


How typically do you get to admire and compare two Rubens relationship portraits and two Van Dyck relationship portraits all in a person area together?

Remaining Rubens’ Peter Van Hack, Claire Fourement and Van Dyck’s Peeter Stevens and Anna Wake (involving them is an outstanding “kunstkamer” or “art area” by Willem van Haecht.


I definitely fell in like with this Van Dyck portrait. As significantly as I admire Rubens as a painter, when it will come to portraiture, Van Dyck has the capacity to capture a solid emotion of currently being in the existence of a actual human being.

The Mauristhuis also has a Rubens oil sketch of the exact topic I saw in the Our Girl cathedral in Antwerp just a couple of days in advance of this, Mary’s assumption to heaven:

Left is the ~3-foot tall sketch in the Mauristhuis museum, on the appropriate is the ~15-foot tall portray set up in the Antwerp cathedral.

You can see the stone arch to the proper of Mary was omitted in the ultimate, and you can also see the blue color is distinct: The final painting used much more high priced pigments, like lapis lazuli for the blues, which at the time was even extra costly than gold. In this article are my depth shots of the sketch:

A lot more facts from paintings by Rubens, Pieter van Anraadt, Pieter Claesz, Gabriël Metsu, Jan van Huysum, Franz Hals, Saloman van Ruisdale, Holbein:

And a wonderful selection of Rembrandts, like this tiny head of a Laughing Gentleman and the well known Anatomy Lesson:

The Hague is a wonderful town and also extremely livable Because it is not mobbed with travellers, most the people you see are just heading about their regular lifestyle, buying up their kids from college or conference close friends for a consume right after do the job. It is a main metropolis, but there does not seem to be a large amount of sounds or visitors, most likely since most men and women journey by bicycle, so just walking all around felt serene and enjoyable.

There is certainly also a attractive little museum devoted to MC Escher, which we actually appreciated.

Delft was a very easy daytrip, due to the fact we could get there on the community tram line which experienced a stop right outdoors the door of our resort and took us to the heart of Delft in about 30 minutes. The Hague’s general public transportation was quite easy for a visitor, simply because you can just obtain the “HTM” app to your cell phone in which you can get one tickets or day-extended tickets, and the QRC ticket just appears.

Delft is a stunning location just to wander all around, and we savored having a slower-paced day, so we didn’t do any official tours, but just admired the landscapes (and the food stuff!).

Back in the Hague:

We had great foods all inside of a couple blocks of our lodge at Walter Benedict, Bistro Mer and Follia.

We cherished the YAYs lodge we stayed in (handle: Koninginnegracht 20, 2514 AB Den Haag), which has condominium suites with kitchenettes, which includes a free of charge laundry place for attendees, for considerably less than a one lodge room in Amsterdam. It can be in a fantastic small neighborhood with a lot of dining places and a effortless tiny grocery retail outlet, and only a 15 moment wander to the Mauristhuis museum. It was straightforward to consider the tram from just a few ways outdoors the doorway of the lodge to the Holland Spoor practice station, which is how we frequented Amsterdam and the unbelievable Rijksmuseum, which I’ll create about in my subsequent site post.

This article is section of a collection about our the latest European tour through Paris, Antwerp, The Hague, Amsterdam, and Vienna. If you have not still, signal up for my publication so you never skip one of my details-packed blog posts. Also, I am at this time doing the job on a new painting online video to be released by the stop of this 12 months. “Glazing and Scumbling a However Lifestyle with Roses” will be a stick to-up to my unique “Glazing and Scumbling” online program, so I advocate receiving that if you have not nevertheless, to get the most out of my up coming release!

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