The Hague, overlooking the North Sea, is a Dutch city that houses in its museums some of the most important works of the so-called Dutch ‘Golden Age’, animated by artists such asVermeer, Rembrandt and Van Dyck. Among them, the Mauritshuis Museum is an unmissable stop for Flemish painting enthusiasts: inside you can see the most famous works of this fortunate historical and artistic period. And the city’s attractions do not stop there: the ticket for the Mauritshuis can be combined with a ticket for the permanent exhibition of Escher, the visionary engraver and graphic artist whose works depict constructions of impossible worlds.
With tickets to the Mauritshuis Museum, you can visit the rooms of the palace, which became a museum during the 19th century, and marvel at the works of the major artists of the Dutch Golden Age.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday, while on Mondays it opens at lunchtime (1 p.m. to 6 p.m.); last admission is 30 minutes before closing time.
Access is facilitated for wheelchair users and guide dogs are also allowed; the Mauritshuis museum ticket can be rescheduled up to the previous day by selecting the appropriate option when booking.
Inside, an audio guide in ten languages, including Italian, will enable visitors to dwell on the characteristics of the works of the period, one of the most flourishing for Flemish painting. The ticket also includes admission to the Prins Willem V Gallery, which is currently closed to the public.
THE WORKS OF THE MAURITSHUIS MUSEUM
A visit to this museum gives a broad overview of the development of Flemish painting, but certainly the works in the Mauritshuis Museum that mainly attract visitors are Rembrandt’s ‘Dr. Tulp’s Anatomy Lesson’, depicting a professor of anatomy while dissecting a corpse, and Vermeer’s ‘The Girl with the Turban’, also known as The Girl with the Pearl Earring. Also by Vermeer, another excellent example is ‘The View of Delft’, a landscape, a rarer subject for the artist.
With the combined ticket for the Mauritshuis Museum and the permanent Escher exhibition, you can also discover a more recent exponent of the Dutch art scene.
Escher is the author of famous works such as ‘Relativity’, in which several flights of stairs intersect to create optical illusions. The former Winter Palace in The Hague houses almost all of his production.
The permanent exhibition on Escher can be visited every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Mondays, which are closed. The ticket can be shown by smartphone and the building is also accessible to wheelchair users; please inform the staff. Rescheduling is possible by selecting the appropriate option during purchase.
Tickets for the Mauritshuis Museum and the permanent Escher exhibition can be purchased together: at an advantageous price compared to the two individual tickets, you will thus be able to immerse yourself in Flemish painting at its peak, but also in the spatial complexity of a 20th century artist.