The Hague Mauritshuis: revisiting George Stubbs

If you follow this blog, you know a small but fascinating exhibition on George Stubbs opened at the The Hague Mauritshuis in February. “The Man, The Horse, The Obsession” was to close on 31st of May 2020? COVID19 intervened and the exhibition will now close 30th of August 2020.

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“Le Chien des Basqueville”: a nice thriller by Jean d’Aillon

Summer, summer holidays, social distancing and other Covid19 measures: ideal circumstances to read thrillers and hefty tomes. On finishing Bart van Loo’s tome on the Burgundian Dukes, I noticed he mentioned a thriller by Jean d’Aillon: “Le Chien des Basqueville”.

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The spot van Gogh used for his last painting

The Amsterdam van Gogh Museum revealed the likely spot where Vincent van Gogh worked on his last painting. This painting of tree roots was started the day he tried to kill himself and was never finished. The work is in the museum’s collection and regularly exhibited.

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‘Girl going’ – in Laren

Singer Laren announced it received a “Girl going” – or rather: it was donated a painting called “Gehendes Mädchen”. This is a work by one of my favourite artists: Max Liebermann. The work is currently displayed in the museum’s exhibition “Liebermann in Laren”.

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Jakob and Elisabeth: united again!

Good news: Jakob and Elisabeth are united again! They had their portraits painted to celebrate and commemorate their engagement – in 1539. Was it true love – or a union for more practical reasons? Read on and make up your own mind.

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Museum to exhibit Iron Age “chariot of fire”

Dutch museum Het Valkhof in Nijmegen announced it will soon exhibit what remains of an Iron Age chariot grave. A chariot and body were burnt centuries ago, with the remains being collected and buried. This burial was discovered by amateur archaeologists in 2018.

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