The Hague, Mauritshuis Museum, and Delft

I had no notion how substantially I would really like The Hague! It’s a lovely and tranquil metropolis, crisscrossed with canals, extremely walkable, full of a lot of excellent eating places, and with community transportation that can make it quick to get everywhere you go else in Holland. And on prime of all that charm and livability, it has an unbelievable globe-course museum suitable in the middle of it, the Mauritshius, which has a selection of functions by artists like Vermeer, Rubens, Holbein, and Rembrandt! My husband Nowell and I ended up quite joyful with our conclusion to make The Hague our property-foundation in Holland.

As we walked to the Mauristhuis museum we stopped for a picture at this breathtaking check out of the Dutch Parliament. The 13th-century Binnenhof is the oldest parliament constructing continue to in use. The physique of h2o right before it is called the Hofvijver which signifies “court docket pond”. It can be spectacular to see this sort of natural beauty in the center of a town… and glimpse at that common Dutch sky!

The Maurithuis museum was just a 15-moment flat and picturesque stroll from our hotel, so we arrived contemporary and all set for an thrilling dose of Artwork! This is a beautiful assortment with various extremely well-known gems, which includes Vermeer’s Girl with the Pearl Earring and Look at of Delft, as perfectly as Fabritius’ Goldfinch.

I acquired some terrific depth photographs showing the cracks and restoration of Lady with the Pearl, the stunning pointillism and tiny, specific shapes of Look at of Delft, and the luscious brushwork of the Goldfinch.

Woman with the Pearl and Goldfinch ended up truly exhibited a few decades back in San Francisco wherever I stay, so very strangely this was my Second time viewing both these iconic will work. I did choose observing them in their dwelling in the Mauristhuis, nevertheless. In the San Francisco exhibit Goldfinch was hung in a slender hallway, and The Pearl was hung in a fully black place with an rigorous spotlight, which was supposed to raise the drama of the encounter, but as an alternative built the facial area blindingly gentle. So I was ready to appreciate both equally functions much better in this correctly-lit museum.


How often do you get to admire and assess two Rubens relationship portraits and two Van Dyck relationship portraits all in just one room together?

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


I actually fell in like with this Van Dyck portrait. As a lot as I admire Rubens as a painter, when it comes to portraiture, Van Dyck has the ability to seize a solid feeling of currently being in the existence of a serious human being.

The Mauristhuis also has a Rubens oil sketch of the similar issue I noticed in the Our Woman cathedral in Antwerp just a several times before this, Mary’s assumption to heaven:

Remaining is the ~3-foot tall sketch in the Mauristhuis museum, on the proper is the ~15-foot tall portray installed in the Antwerp cathedral.

You can see the stone arch to the correct of Mary was omitted in the ultimate, and you can also see the blue coloration is various: The last portray utilized extra highly-priced pigments, together with lapis lazuli for the blues, which at the time was even more high priced than gold. In this article are my element shots of the sketch:

Far more details from paintings by Rubens, Pieter van Anraadt, Pieter Claesz, Gabriƫl Metsu, Jan van Huysum, Franz Hals, Saloman van Ruisdale, Holbein:

And a wonderful collection of Rembrandts, together with this very small head of a Laughing Male and the renowned Anatomy Lesson:

The Hague is a beautiful town and also quite livable Simply because it is not mobbed with visitors, most the men and women you see are just going about their frequent life, selecting up their youngsters from faculty or assembly close friends for a consume soon after operate. It really is a key town, but there does not appear to be to be a ton of sounds or targeted traffic, likely for the reason that most individuals vacation by bike, so just strolling close to felt calm and soothing.

You will find also a attractive minor museum devoted to MC Escher, which we genuinely savored.

Delft was a extremely straightforward daytrip, simply because we could get there on the area tram line which experienced a end proper outside the doorway of our lodge and took us to the coronary heart of Delft in about 30 minutes. The Hague’s public transportation was incredibly straightforward for a visitor, for the reason that you can just obtain the “HTM” app to your phone exactly where you can buy one tickets or working day-very long tickets, and the QRC ticket just appears.

Delft is a attractive location just to wander about, and we relished getting a slower-paced working day, so we didn’t do any formal excursions, but just admired the scenery (and the foods!).

Back again in the Hague:

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

We liked the YAYs hotel we stayed in (address: Koninginnegracht 20, 2514 AB Den Haag), which has apartment suites with kitchenettes, such as a free laundry home for attendees, for considerably less than a solitary hotel place in Amsterdam. It truly is in a fantastic minor neighborhood with tons of eating places and a hassle-free minor grocery retail store, and only a 15 minute wander to the Mauristhuis museum. It was straightforward to consider the tram from just a couple of measures outdoors the doorway of the lodge to the Holland Spoor educate station, which is how we visited Amsterdam and the outstanding Rijksmuseum, which I am going to create about in my next weblog write-up.

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