British queen lends 20 works of art to Mauritshuis museum
Britain’s queen Elizabeth is lending 20 works of art from her private collection to the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague for a three-month exhibition.
The works include Vermeer’s The Music Lesson, which is rarely seen in public and has been owned by the British royal family since 1762.
Other paintings in the show are by Dutch Golden Age masters such as Jan Steen, Gerard ter Borch and Pieter de Hooch. The exhibition Masters of the Everyday – Dutch artists in the age of Vermeer will first be seen in London and Edinburgh before moving to the Netherlands.
‘While the subject-matter may be ordinary – the preparation of food, eating and drinking, the enjoyment of music or a family game – the painting is rich and jewel-like, with equal attention paid to a discarded clay pipe as to a fine silk drape,’ the curator says on the Royal Collection website. The works will be on show in The Hague from 29 September 2016 to 8 January 2017, broadcaster Nos reports.