Jan Steen, 'So the Old Sing, So Twitter the Young', c.1665


From 3 of March to 13 of June 2011 – Mauritshuis

Jan Steen (1625/26-1679) is best known for his humorous depictions of chaotic households, charlatans and amorous young girls. But there are also more serious subjects to be found among his oeuvre. Steen was a born storyteller who was particularly fond of the details of everyday life; he was also a first-rate painter with an outstanding technique. The Mauritshuis’s collection of paintings by Steen will form the core of this exhibition, supplemented by a number of loans.

The Mauritshuis has 14 beautiful paintings by Jan Steen in its collection, including such undisputed highlights as ‘So the Old Sing, So Twitter the Young’ (c. 1665), ‘Girl Eating Oysters’ (c. 1658-1660) and ‘The Poultry Yard’ (1660). The exhibition will be constructed around a number of these highlights, giving visitors the opportunity to become acquainted with Steen’s unrivalled talent as a storyteller.

The last room of the exhibition will be turned into a temporary studio, where one of our conservators will be working on two of Steen’s paintings: The Doctor’s Visit (c.1660-1662) and Dancing Peasants at an Inn’ (c. 1646-1648). For the duration of the exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to see the restoration of these works at first hand.

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