At the Mauritshuis, The Hague

Virtually explore the Mauritshuis with Smarthistory as your guide

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videos + essays

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Judith Leyster, <em>The Proposition</em>
Judith Leyster, The Proposition

Virtue, or vice? This seated woman is an icon of domesticity, but the man’s money may tempt her away from work.

Johannes Vermeer, <em>Girl with a Pearl Earring</em>
Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring

This enigmatic character study was dubbed the “Dutch Mona Lisa.” The turban and pearl add a touch of the exotic.

Jacob van Ruisdael, <em>View of Haarlem with Bleaching Grounds</em>
Jacob van Ruisdael, View of Haarlem with Bleaching Grounds

70 percent of this landscape is sky. The church orients us, but weather adds specificity and dynamism.

Rembrandt, <em>The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp</em>
Rembrandt, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp

With its animation and naturalism, this canvas launched Rembrandt’s career as a portrait painter.