Huygens around the Hofvijver

Museum Bredius and Haags Historisch Museum

April 25th to September 8th 2013

Huygens around the Hofvijver is a joint presentation of the Haags Historisch Museum and Museum Bredius . Constantijn Huygens’ (1596-1687) bond with The Hague is central in a presentation in the Haags Historisch Museum. With this link you can download the (Dutch) catalogue about Huygens connoisseur and collector. A special Huygens route will show us his love for his birthplace, his involvement with several The Hague building projects and his contacts with the House of Orange. Museum Bredius will present an exhibition on Constantijn Huygens as a connoisseur and art collector and acquaint us with Huygens’ personal taste showing paintings by 17th century masters like Rembrandt, Jan lievens, van Goyen and Honthorst. Also Huygens’ role as an art intermediary at the court and his numerous contacts with painters and architects will be paid attention to. More than thirty paintings will be exhibited, two of which actually used to be part of Huygens’ own collection. Special combination tickets are available for Huygens around the Hofvijver (€ 10, including admission, a richly illustrated catalogue and a practical walking tour through the centre of The Hague featuring important places of Constantijn Huygens’ life. The tour can also be bought separately in the museum shop (€ 1,50).