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Fleeting – Scents in Colour

11 February - 6 June 2021

Fleeting – Scents in Colour

Exhibition: 11 February - 6 June 2021

An exhibition about the portrayal of smell in seventeenth-century art. Scented flowers and perfumes, foul-smelling canals and unpleasant body odours, smell and well-being, new aromas from far-away lands (spices, tobacco, coffee and tea), the disappearing smells of the bleaching fields, old crafts and more. Can life in the seventeenth century be captured in smell? How are smell (and scent) portrayed? What significance did people attach to smell? And what aromatic connotations do artworks have? In this exhibition, the Mauritshuis will undertake smell-historical research. In the vicinity of the art, various historic scents will be prepared to bring the paintings in the exhibition to life.

David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690), The Alchemist, ca. 1650
Mauritshuis, The Hague