After a two-year global tour that drew record crowds in
Both the museum and the collection have been changed by their time apart. The small Mauritshuis building, a classic of Dutch architecture, has been expanded and reorganized to accommodate the demands of modern tourists. Meanwhile, the Mauritshuis' profile has been raised by the international exposure for its treasures including works by Rembrandt and
"We really hope that we put the name on the international map,"
"'The Girl With The Pearl Earring,' which is increasingly called the 'Mona Lisa of the North,' is the icon, there's no denying it. She's a great ambassador for us. But what we notice is that people come for 'The Girl,' but they stay for the rest."
"The Girl With a Pearl Earring" owes some of its fame to a 1999 best-selling novel by
The museum's Rembrandts include three self-portraits and an early masterpiece, "The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp," which depicts a public dissection that took place in 1632. A new novel called "The Anatomy Lesson" by
In 2012, the
Other important works include
The Mauritshuis was built in 1644 in the center of
The architect who oversaw the renovation,
""The Mauritshuis is possibly the most important monument that we have in
On one side The Mauritshuis is located just a stone's throw from the ancient building that houses the Dutch prime minister's office and the 13th-century Hall of Knights, used by parliament on ceremonial occasions.
While the Mauritshuis itself was untouched, the square in front is now a welcoming, elegant sky-lit lobby. The collection is also now connected by an underground foyer to a building across the street housing temporary exhibitions, a shop, library and cafe.
MAURITSHUIS: Plein 29,
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