29 September 2022 – 15 January 2023

The Mauritshuis will spherical off its bicentenary yr with a really particular exhibition, that includes ten work by Dutch masters from The Frick Assortment in New York. For the primary time in its existence, the American museum will mortgage this stuff to a European museum, whereas its personal constructing is present process renovation. One of many work that may briefly alternate New York for The Hague is Rembrandt’s acclaimed Self-portrait of 1658, a portray of remarkable high quality. Rembrandt painted many self-portraits, however this one is acknowledged by specialists to be one of the crucial spectacular of all. As well as, the museum could welcome a Vermeer, Hals, Ruysdael and Cuyp, amongst others. ≈

Masterpiece by Frans Hals

The third prime piece flown over from New York is Portrait of a person by Frans Hals. Nothing is thought in regards to the commissioner: the portrait bears no household crests or inscriptions mentioning age. What is thought is that Hals made this portrait in direction of the tip of his life. He was then in his late seventies, and used a unfastened and spontaneous portray approach. The portrait has a full of life character as a result of broad strokes of white paint on the shirt, collar and cuffs.

A dream Rembrandt

Of the ten work within the exhibition, Rembrandt’s 1658 Self-portrait would be the absolute spotlight. This masterpiece would be the largest work within the exhibition (134 x 104 cm), and is essentially the most spectacular of the 40-plus self-portraits Rembrandt painted throughout his profession. Rembrandt made this self-portrait when he was 52, at a time when he was experiencing many setbacks, having been declared bankrupt two years earlier and compelled to promote his personal assortment and the contents of his house, after which to maneuver home. The grasp depicted himself in old style, Sixteenth-century apparel, to which some oriental motifs have been added. Rembrandt thus presents himself as a celebrated painter of the previous. There isn’t a painter’s cap or palette, however the lustrous gold material of his gown was no coincidental alternative. Rembrandt will undoubtedly have learn in Karel van Mander’s well-known Schilder-Boeck (‘The E-book of Painters’) of 1604 how well-known Sixteenth-century painters like Jan Gossaert and Lucas van Leyden wearing gold robes as an indication of their excessive standing.

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), Officer and Laughing Woman, c.1657. Canvas, 51 x 46 cm. The Frick Assortment, New York. Photograph: Joseph Coscia Jr

Vermeer’s Officer and Laughing Woman

The Mauritshuis can now briefly show 4 Vermeers. One in all Johannes Vermeer’s most engaging style work is on show within the exhibition Manhattan Masters. The Soldier and Smiling Woman (c. 1657) was acquired by Frick in 1911. The portray highlights a scene from on a regular basis life by which a younger girl is positioned within the mild in order that the viewer can clearly see that she is absolutely targeted on the soldier reverse her. The lady has a glass of white wine in her arms. It appears harmless, however in seventeenth-century Holland, ingesting wine was discouraged; it could make you debauched. As to the connection between the 2 figures, Vermeer leaves you guessing as a viewer.

Portrait of a person (ca. 1660), The Frick Assortment, New York. Photograph: Michael BodycombFrans Hals