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Two Girls with a Pearl Earring
Twee meisjes met een parel

For about one week ago, the city of Den Haag (The Hague) was the setting of a photo-shooting with Rob (alvaraalto), Bert (bertolucci) and yours truly.

My first photo of this meeting shows you het Mauritshuis, which is located in the heart of Den Haag, close to the political heart of the Netherlands: het Binnenhof (Inner Court) with the Prime Minister's Office, the Ministry of General Affairs and de Staten-Generaal (States-General, the Dutch Parliament), that consists of de Tweede Kamer (Second Chamber, Lower House) and de Eerste Kamer (First Chamber, Senate).

Het Mauritshuis though has nothing to do with politics. It's a state museum with mainly art from the Dutch Golden Age (17th century). The building was built in 1640 by Jacob van Campen and Pieter Post and was originally the palace of Johan Maurits van Nassau-Siegen, governor of Dutch Brazil. Since 1822, it has been a museum.

One of the most famous works het Mauritshuis houses is Het meisje met de parel (Girl with a Pearl Earring) by Johannes Vermeer (1632-75), that can be seen twice in this photo and also gave this photo its title. :-)

Hope you like this photo! :-)

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