Rembrandt at the Mauritshuis Museum…

The laughing man...

The laughing man…

While at the Hague, we dropped by the Mauritshuis Museum, one of the highlights of der Haag if you are in the city.  Plus it’s right around the corner from a hotel and cafe that oddly enough had one of the best pulled pork bbq sandwhiches I’ve ever had.

Old woman and a child, maybe a witch?

Old woman and a child, maybe a witch?

The museum space was very well laid out, well lit with a very comfortable feeling and easy to move around.  Most of their collection was from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Rembrandt himself was known as a master painter able to capture both faces and  lighting effects very well.  That can be seen in the included pictures.

Self portrait of Rembrandt...

Self portrait of Rembrandt…

The usual topics of paintings from the sixteenth and seventeenth century are really not my thing, but when Rembrandt shows faces in portraits in a way different than most of his other contemporary painters, so it brings a bit of interest.  J thinks the woman above is a kindly old grandmother.  I think she may be a witch since she seems to be able to keep her hand in the candle fire a bit to much.

IMG_20171004_182143Finally, not a Rembrandt, but spaced just a room away, a Vermeer.  And the girl is made up.