CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

The Mauritshuis project: an introduction to Dutch 17th-century painting

Exhibition: 23 October 2004 - 29 January 2006


Portland Art Museum, Portland
Mauritshuis, The Hague

From the museum website

Graciously on loan for 16 months by the Mauritshuis, the Dutch Royal Cabinet of Paintings, the Portland Art Museum hosts a very important grouping of seven works selected for their exemplary representation of 17th-century Dutch art, ultimately defining one of the greatest movements of all time, The Golden Age of Art. On view will be masterpieces by Jan Steen, Jan Wijnats, Frans Hals, Cornelis de Man, Johan Moreelse, Gerrit Berckheyde, and Maria van Oosterwyck.

World-famed for the quality of its holdings, which include Vermeer’s Girl with a pearl earring, the Mauritshuis was built in 1640 as the residence of Prince Johan Maurits of Nassau-Siegen, in the center of The Hague, adjacent to the government precinct of the Binnenhof. In 1820 it was purchased by the state to house the Dutch Royal Cabinet of Paintings as a public museum. Focused on Dutch and Flemish painting of the 17th century, the collections have continued to grow with private support, each new acquisition being measured by the surpassing standard of the core collection.

Grand Patrons

Janet and Richard Geary

Major Sponsors

Ernest and Anne Munch

The Consulate-General of the Netherlands in New York
The Netherland-America Foundation