Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery has announced that Girl with a Pearl Earring will no longer be lent out for exhibition.
Following a recent exhibition at the Frick Collection (New York), the famous Vermeer painting is to now remain at the museum in The Hague (Netherlands). Over the last two years — during reconstructive work at Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery — the painting has toured the world; exhibiting in Japan, the U.S, and Italy, in order to raise funds for the renovations.
However, following the museum’s reopening, the director has announced that its most famous work is to permanently stay at the Mauritshuis, so as not to disappoint visitors who come specifically to see this work.
The painting joins a list of celebrated works which do not leave their museums: The Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci at the Louvre in Paris, Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez at Madrid’s Museo del Prado, Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence; and Pablo Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Guernica at the Reina Sofia in Madrid.