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Restorations in the Mauritshuis

Exhibition: 7 October 2021 - 9 January 2022

The exhibition has been rescheduled from 2020 to 7 October 2021 to 9 January 2022.

Not everyone knows that there is a conservation studio in the Mauritshuis attic. To ensure the collection remains in top condition, a team of in-house conservators dedicates its time to conserving, restoring and examining. In 2020 it will be exactly 25 years since the studio was installed in the attic. An opportune moment to consider the most intriguing restorations of the past twenty years, including paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, Steen and Rubens, but also by some lesser-known artists such as Cornelis de Heem and Jacob Ochtervelt. Restoring centuries-old paintings appeals to the imagination. What does it involve? What can we learn from a restoration? What do paintings look like pre and post restoration? And what have been the most amazing findings?

Frans Hals (1582-1666), Portrait of Aletta Olycan (detail, during restoration), 1625, Mauritshuis, The Hague

Frans Hals (1582-1666), Portrait of Aletta Olycan (detail, during restoration), 1625,
Mauritshuis, The Hague