Armchair Art: A Virtual Tour of the Mauritshuis, in The Hague

With much of Europe gradually opening up after months of varying levels of lockdown, many of us may not be comfortable traveling across the Atlantic just yet. It’s not the same, but in these unprecedented times, we can take solace in online art offerings. One great choice for seeing a world-renowned European collection is at the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, in The Hague, Netherlands.  If you’ve never heard of the Mauritshuis before, you would certainly know of its most celebrated painting. Here’s a clue: “Most people know us by that one painting by Johannes Vermeer,” Mauritshuis director Martine Gosselink says on the virtual tour. That painting is “Girl With a Pearl Earring.” That painting, along with 35 other paintings from the museum’s collection, can all be enjoyed in an online tour.    Late last year, the Mauritshuis became the first museum in the world to fully digitize its entire collection in …

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