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Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Centraal

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Saskia van Uylenburgh

5 January 2019

Rembrandt drew Saskia van Uylenburgh for the first time three days after their engagement, in the summer of 1633. His future wife is a picture of spirited allure. She smiles back at...

The Night Watch Restoration 2019

16 October 2018

Commisioned in 1639 and first displayed in the Kloveniersdoelen (Musketeers’ Meeting Hall) in Amsterdam in 1642, The Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijn is perhaps the...

Ground or blown?

21 March 2018

  Anton van Leeuwenhoek became renowned for the micro-life he discovered with his hand-made microscopes. When questioned about the lenses in his microscopes, he insisted that...

Exposing the Girl with a Pearl Earing

27 February 2018

Johannes Vermeer’s painting, Girl with a Pearl Earring is undergoing some detailed scrutiny at the Mauritshuis Museum. From the Girl with a Blog: Using state-of-the-art scientific...