Thursday, July 8, 2010

Mauritshuis & Dutch Parliment - The Hague, The Netherlands

(Mauritshauis Museum at left, Dutch Parliment or Het Binnenhof at right)

Mauritshauis Museum is quite possibly the most interesting, albeit small, museum I have visited. Vermeer's Girl With A Pearl Earring was proudly on display in a gorgeous room adorned with hardwood floors, wood paneling, and green fabric-covered walls.

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) created 36 paintings. I have seen 20 percent of Vermeer's work thus far in my travels! As a photographer I fully apprecite how Vermeer captured shadows and beautifully washed his subjects in bright, at times iridescent light. Studying Johannes Vermeer's paintings would be beneficial for any portrait photographer.

Numerous paintings by Rembrandt Harmenson van Rijn (1606-1669), another master of light, were prominently on display at Mauritshuis, including the last self portrait he painted in 1669. The fast-paced day proved fruitful for many educational and sightseeing adventures!

This photograph was taken on a camera phone at Madurodam, a miniature city, in The Hague, The Netherlands. These two buildings are scale versions of much larger buildings. After just visiting the two buildings above I can attest to the attention to detail that the artisans at Madurodam who fabricate each replica building.

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