The Duchess of Cambridge to Visit The Mauritshuis

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will visit the Mauritshuis on October 11, 2016. The visit is planned to coincide with the exhibition At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the Royal Collection, which includes 22 important genre paintings from her family’s collection, and which  opened to the public on September 29th.mauritshuis_museum_logo-2

Says Emilie Gordenker, Museum Director, “We are delighted that her Royal Highness will pay the Mauritshuis a visit. I am hugely looking forward to showing her the renowned permanent collection as well as the exhibition.”

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Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman (“The Music Lesson”) by Johannes Vermeer, the highlight of At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection, on display at The Mauritshuis (also known as The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery) in The Hague, The Netherlands; September 29, 2016 – January 8, 2017. Photo Credit: Ivo Hoekska

The Duchess of Cambridge will be received by Gordenker, who will give her a tour of highlights in the Mauritshuis, which includes the Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer, The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius, and The Bull by Paulus Potter. The Duchess of Cambridge, who took a degree in art history at the University of St Andrews, is familiar with the collection. She will also visit the Art Workshop in the Mauritshuis, where children will be engaged in a painting lesson. The program will end with a visit to the exhibition At Home in Holland.

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Pieter de Hooch (1629-1684), Card Players in a sunlit Room, 1658. Signed and dated: P. D. H. 1658. Oil on canvas, 77 x 67 cm. Purchased by George IV, 1825. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016.

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Ludolf de Jongh (1616-1679), A formal Garden: Three Ladies surprised by a Gentleman, ca. 1676. Oil on canvas, 60 x 75 cm. Acquired by George IV before 1806. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection

The exhibition contains works by masters such as Gerard ter Borch, Gerrit Dou, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriël Metsu and Jan Steen, which are regarded as some of the most important Dutch genre paintings in the British Royal Collection. The highlight of the exhibition is ‘The Music Lesson’ by Johannes Vermeer.

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Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman (The Music Lesson), early 1660s. Oil on canvas, 73 x 65 cm. Signed on the bottom of the frame of the painting on the wall to the right: IVMeer (IVM in monogram). Acquired by George III, 1762. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

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Gabriël Metsu (1629-1667) Self-Portrait standing at a Window, ca. 1655-1658. Oil on panel, 38 x 31 cm. Signed lower right: G. Metsu. Purchased by George IV, 1814. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

The exhibition introduces the public to the ‘genre painting’, its many forms and the provocative symbolism it often conceals. These works are stunning in their variety, from simple farmhands gathered in an inn to elegant figures in rich interiors. Some of the everyday scenes carry a deeper, often moralistic meaning, which may be explicit or at times concealed. But in all of them, the artists portrayed the characters and their environments as skilfully as possible, which makes them even more attractive. Explore the Royal Collection at www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection.

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