From September 29, 2016 to January 8, 2017, the Mauritshuis presents At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection.
The British royal family owns one of the finest collections of Old Master paintings in the world. The collection was brought together over many centuries by successive monarchs. The paintings normally hang behind closed doors in Buckingham Palace and other royal residences. The Mauritshuis has the great privilege of showing twenty-two of them for the duration of this exhibition.
Make a virtual trip to ‘The Music Lesson’ in an English red phone box
The highlight of the exhibition is the Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman (‘The Music Lesson’) by Johannes Vermeer. ‘The Music Lesson’ is one of 36 surviving and very rare pieces by Johannes Vermeer. This painting dates from 1660-1662 and shows a lady and a gentleman beside a virginal. Above the instrument hangs a mirror, in which we see the reflection of the foot of Vermeer’s easel.
Via the virtual reality application VR_MEER, visitors can make a trip to the famous painting and discover the various stories displayed in the painting. To make for a memorable trip, three original English telephone booths were placed on the outside of the Mauritshuis, which were converted into single-person VR cinemas.