The Hague, Mauritshuis Museum, and Delft

The Hague, Mauritshuis Museum, and Delft

I had no plan how a great deal I would like The Hague! It is really a wonderful and tranquil metropolis, crisscrossed with canals, incredibly walkable, whole of several excellent restaurants, and with general public transportation that helps make it simple to get all over the place else in Holland. And on major of all that appeal and livability, it has an unbelievable entire world-class museum proper in the middle of it, the Mauritshius, which has a assortment of will work by artists like Vermeer, Rubens, Holbein, and Rembrandt! My husband Nowell and I ended up incredibly delighted with our determination to make The Hague our property-foundation in Holland.

As we walked to the Mauristhuis museum we stopped for a image at this amazing view of the Dutch Parliament. The 13th-century Binnenhof is the oldest parliament developing however in use. The entire body of water just before it is known as the Hofvijver which means “court docket pond”. It can be amazing to see these kinds of attractiveness in the middle of a metropolis… and glance at that traditional Dutch sky!

The Maurithuis museum was just a 15-moment flat and picturesque stroll from our resort, so we arrived clean and all set for an enjoyable dose of Artwork! This is a beautiful assortment with many really renowned gems, which include Vermeer’s Girl with the Pearl Earring and Check out of Delft, as perfectly as Fabritius’ Goldfinch.

I acquired some excellent element pictures displaying the cracks and restoration of Lady with the Pearl, the shocking pointillism and tiny, specific designs of Look at of Delft, and the luscious brushwork of the Goldfinch.

Female with the Pearl and Goldfinch have been actually exhibited a number of decades in the past in San Francisco wherever I reside, so very strangely this was my 2nd time observing both equally these legendary functions. I did prefer looking at them in their household in the Mauristhuis, even though. In the San Francisco show Goldfinch was hung in a slim hallway, and The Pearl was hung in a totally black area with an rigorous highlight, which was intended to increase the drama of the knowledge, but in its place produced the face blindingly light. So I was in a position to recognize both works superior in this properly-lit museum.


How usually do you get to admire and look at two Rubens marriage portraits and two Van Dyck marriage portraits all in a person space together?

Left Rubens’ Peter Van Hack, Claire Fourement and Van Dyck’s Peeter Stevens and Anna Wake (concerning them is an amazing “kunstkamer” or “artwork area” by Willem van Haecht.


I genuinely fell in like with this Van Dyck portrait. As much as I admire Rubens as a painter, when it arrives to portraiture, Van Dyck has the capacity to seize a solid experience of staying in the presence of a genuine particular person.

The Mauristhuis also has a Rubens oil sketch of the similar issue I noticed in the Our Lady cathedral in Antwerp just a couple 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 painting installed in the Antwerp cathedral.

You can see the stone arch to the right of Mary was omitted in the final, and you can also see the blue coloration is distinct: The remaining portray utilized far more highly-priced pigments, together with lapis lazuli for the blues, which at the time was even a lot more highly-priced than gold. Listed here are my element photographs of the sketch:

Additional aspects from paintings by Rubens, Pieter van Anraadt, Pieter Claesz, Gabriël Metsu, Jan van Huysum, Franz Hals, Saloman van Ruisdale, Holbein:

And a great selection of Rembrandts, including this very small head of a Laughing Person and the famed Anatomy Lesson:

The Hague is a lovely city and also pretty livable For the reason that it is not mobbed with travellers, most the people you see are just likely about their typical existence, picking up their little ones from faculty or assembly good friends for a drink soon after perform. It can be a big town, but there does not feel to be a large amount of sound or targeted visitors, almost certainly simply because most people vacation by bicycle, so just strolling about felt quiet and relaxing.

There’s also a pretty small museum devoted to MC Escher, which we truly relished.

Delft was a extremely quick daytrip, mainly because we could get there on the local tram line which had a halt correct outside the house the doorway of our resort and took us to the coronary heart of Delft in about 30 minutes. The Hague’s public transportation was really uncomplicated for a visitor, mainly because you can just obtain the “HTM” app to your cellphone in which you can acquire single tickets or working day-extended tickets, and the QRC ticket just seems.

Delft is a beautiful location just to wander about, and we relished having a slower-paced working day, so we failed to do any official tours, but just admired the landscapes (and the foods!).

Again in the Hague:

We had great meals all in just a pair blocks of our resort at Walter Benedict, Bistro Mer and Follia.

We cherished the YAYs lodge we stayed in (deal with: Koninginnegracht 20, 2514 AB Den Haag), which has condominium suites with kitchenettes, together with a no cost laundry place for guests, for less than a solitary resort place in Amsterdam. It truly is in a great tiny community with tons of eating places and a practical small grocery shop, and only a 15 minute walk to the Mauristhuis museum. It was uncomplicated to choose the tram from just a several techniques outdoors the door of the hotel to the Holland Spoor train station, which is how we visited Amsterdam and the amazing Rijksmuseum, which I will write about in my next weblog post.

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