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The newly expanded Mauritshuis in The Hague
The Girl with the Pearl Earring is home. Vermeer’s most famous canvas — a “tronie” or painting of an imaginary figure — was welcomed back to the newly expanded Mauritshuis in The Hague in June. After a two-year, €30-million renovation, the 17th-century mansion-turned-museum is now connected to a new art deco Royal Dutch Shell Wing via a light-filled below ground atrium, doubling the Mauritshuis in size. The museum's collection is small — 800 paintings with just 250 on display — but of high quality. It includes Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp, the Golden Age's best-known landscape, Vermeer's View of Delft and Fabritius’ The Goldfinch, recently made more famous by Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Adults €14. mauritshuis.nl.
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