Mauritshuis museum reopening: 5 things to know

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 20, 2014 at 10:03 am •  Published: June 20, 2014

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Mauritshuis museum in The Hague reopens June 27 after a two-year renovation that allowed some of its treasures to travel abroad. Here are some facts about the collection:


Rock stars might be envious: 2.2 million people came out to see the paintings while they were on the road. In 2012, the Mauritshuis exhibition in Tokyo was the most-visited art exhibition in the world, while in New York, visitors waited outside for hours in freezing weather to see it at the Frick, where it broke attendance records.


The Mauritshuis houses masterpieces from the Netherlands' 17th-century Golden Age, including Vermeer's iconic 1665 "Girl With a Pearl Earring," three Rembrandt self-portraits and works by Jan Steen, Frans Hals and Peter Paul Rubens. A 1654 painting by Carel Fabritius, "The Goldfinch," came home to Holland much more famous than when it left thanks to a best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Donna Tartt.


It's hard not to be stunned by the variety and quality of the museum's 800 paintings, which even after the renovation are in relatively tight spaces. Literary visitors will thrill to the sight of "Girl With a Pearl Earring," ''The Goldfinch," and Rembrandt's "Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicholaes Tulp," also the subject of a new novel. Vermeer's 1660 "View of Delft" plays a small but important role in Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past."