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Shifting Image – In Search of Johan Maurits

Exhibition: 4 April - 7 July 2019

In Brazil he is so well known that everyone knows who you mean with the name ‘Nassau’. In the Netherlands he was considered a hero in the seventeenth century, while today his name can be associated with colonialism and slavery. His name is Johan Maurits of Nassau-Siegen (1604-1679), governor of the Dutch colony in Brazil and the man who built the Mauritshuis. This exhibition takes a close look at Johan Maurits’s reputation and examines how his story can be viewed from different perspectives, both present-day and historical.

Jan de Baen (1633-1702), Portrait of Johan Maurits, 1668-1670
Mauritshuis, Den Haag