The Mauritshuis, or, Your feet look chilly, Mr. Coot

Didja miss this ugly mug since yesterday? Sure you did.

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We spent a nice afternoon today at the Mauritshuis in The Hague. We’re borrowing some museum cards, so officially, I’m M. R. You can call me Melchior. Shh…don’t tell.

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This Eurasian coot was looking pretty lost. Canal’s the other way, dude.

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Here’s the Mauritshuis itself. We have loved experiencing all the art in the Netherlands and in London! This collection is especially attractive, I think. It’s small enough that you can get a real feel for the paintings in just a few hours, but it contains such beautiful pieces that you could easily spend weeks in one room.

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They don’t allow pictures, more’s the pity, but we added another book to our collection. The most famous work of art there is Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. It is just stunning in person, although the first split-second inclination is to say, whatever, I’ve seen this pic a million times. I had the same feeling with the Mona Lisa, although I really do think she’s a less impressive lady. Who cares about the darned smile anyway? Da Vinci probably just had a piece of spinach in his teeth.

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Avercamp, Hals, Steen, Ruysdael, and many others were also represented. However, I think my favorite remains Rembrandt. I don’t think I could ever get bored gazing at a Rembrandt. The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp was at the Mauritshuis, as was his Homer, his last self-portrait, and a few others.

It’s 1 a.m., dash it, and I just got the lights turned out on me again. Better go, my dears.

Sleep well.

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~ by themeansister on November 29, 2008.

2 Responses to “The Mauritshuis, or, Your feet look chilly, Mr. Coot”

  1. AHHHH! I missed your call, TWICE! I can’t even believe it! If for some reason you get this before you leave- call me again, I will diligently keep watch over my phone! Love you!

  2. Sorry, my little pumpkin breath, I’m back at home again. I’m gonna go check facebook for you, but I’ve to get to bed ’cause I’m getting sick. Yuck.

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