Monday, August 31, 2015

The Mauritshuis in The Hague:


On Sunday I attended a lecture at the Mauritshuis in The Hague, concerning the restoration of the painting of David and Saul, which the museum has now officially dubbed as having been painted by Rembrandt, sometime in the 1650s. It excited me so much, to hear about the painting's restoration process; what made it even more special, was that I had already seen the painting, last September, during a visit the the museum's restoration studio. While there, I saw the painting in its pre-restored situation; it looks much better now, though it's good to remember, most work performed on a painting, to return it to a state near to its former glory, is meant to be able to be reversed by future generations. Seeing a painting in an unrestored state, is incredibly insightful; certainly seeing one that's well conserved alongside one that is not; the difference can be striking. Never did I ever imagine that the world of paintings, and the process that they go throughout during their lifetimes, would elicit so much joy within me. The world of paintings, is becoming that of my own.