The Mauritshuis have been using infrared reflectography to explore the paintings of Jan Steen. One painting in particular – Peasants Dancing at an Inn – has displayed some very interesting results that we’re excited to be able to share with you in this new case study from the Conservation Department, Mauritshuis.
Behind the Case Study
The Mauritshuis provides a historic yet intimate setting for its collection from its home next to the Government centre in The Hague. It boasts an incredible permanent collection from the Golden Age, including masterpieces such as Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, as well as a number of works by Rembrandt, and the genre painter Jan Steen.
Jan Steen was a master at painting scenes of everyday life. Arguably best known for his sense of humour, there is often a moral behind even his wittiest paintings. He also painted a number of religious paintings, all displaying his characteristically skilled depictions of texture and light.
He studied under a number of well-known painters, possibly including Jan van Goyen, whose daughter he later married. The case study begins to explore how deep this relationship between Jan Steen and Jan van Goyen might extend.