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Jan Steen’s Histories

Mauritshuis, The Hague

15 Feb - 13 May 2018

The Mauritshuis unites a selection of Jan Steen’s finest history paintings in this new exhibition. Steen, a 17th century Dutch artist best known as a painter of chaotic and disorderly scenes of everyday life – which gave rise to the popular Dutch proverb ‘a Jan Steen household’ – also painted a variety of different, lesser-known subjects throughout his career including: stories from the Bible, classical mythology and antiquity. This exhibition of 21 paintings will highlight Steen’s versatility as an artist and his keen and ambitious eye for telling amusing stories. Until the mid 18th century, Steen’s history paintings were amongst his most expensive works, but as time went on their value diminished, and they have remained a misunderstood part of the artist’s oeuvre to this day. Find out more about the ‘Jan Steen’s Histories’ exhibition from the Mauritshuis’s website.

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Samson and Delilah (1668), Jan Steen. Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Samson and Delilah (1668), Jan Steen. Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Moses and Pharaoh’s Crown (c. 1670), Jan Steen. Mauritshuis, The Hague

Moses and Pharaoh’s Crown (c. 1670), Jan Steen. Mauritshuis, The Hague

Lot and his Daughters (c.1665–67), Jan Steen. Städtische Wessenberg-Galerie, Konstanz

Lot and his Daughters (c.1665–67), Jan Steen. Städtische Wessenberg-Galerie, Konstanz

The Worship of the Golden Calf (c. 1674–77), Jan Steen. North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

The Worship of the Golden Calf (c. 1674–77), Jan Steen. North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

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