Monday, July 31, 2006

:: aGentX gets cultural : part 1::

it's about time that i pay a visit to mauritshuis - among the many renowned museums in the hague, netherlands.

previously the residence of count John Maurice of Nassau, it now has a large art collection, including paintings by famous Dutch painters such as Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Jan Steen, Paulus Potter and Frans Hals and works of the German painter Hans Holbein the Younger.

ironically, this museum is just a short walk from my apartment, and i have spent countless times cycling past its magnificient building on the way to the town center. armed, with the museum card, i made my journey there - it will definitely not my only time, i can assure you.

this year, netherland celebrates the 400th anniversary of the world-famous 17th century painter Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). in conjunction of this, the Mauritshuis Museum gives centre stage to Rembrandt right now.

the museum’s permanent collection includes ten of the world famous painter’s most celebrated works. in a special presentation, the Mauritshuis will exhibit an impressive overview of Rembrandt’s skills: from his early Simeon's song of praise (1631) to Self-portrait (1669, the year of his death). Both works were recently restored along with Homer (1663).

the three paintings have undergone a wonderful metamorphosis - thanks to their restoration, you will be able to find out about the restoration processes and the findings of the technical examinations of the paintings.

my cultural points just went up by 5.32 points, i think!

among the famous pictures in the collage above:

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