The collection of the Mauritshuis is the property of the Dutch state. The oldest part of the collection consists of the paintings owned in the 18th century by the stadholder, Prince Willem V of Orange-Nassau (1748-1806). In 1815 his son, King Willem I (1772-1843), handed over these paintings to the Dutch state, thus providing the basis of the Royal Cabinet of Paintings, now called the Royal Picture Gallery.
In the last 200 years the collection of the Mauritshuis has grown considerably. In 1822 the museum housed around 200 paintings, but now it has nearly 800.
Mauritshuis Open in The Hague During Renovation:
Highlights On Display at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
The Mauritshuis is embarking on a unique collaboration with the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. From 24 April 2012, around 70 highlights from the Mauritshuis collection will go on display at the Gemeentemuseum for a period of about two years. The paintings include View of Delft by Johannes Vermeer, The Bull by Paulus Potter and The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt van Rijn. The collaboration is the result of the Mauritshuis’s plans for expansion and renovation, which is due to take place between 2 April 2012 and mid-2014.
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From 24 April 2012 until mid-2014, around 70 highlights from the Mauritshuis’s collection will go on display in a separate wing of the Gemeentemuseum
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