The Royal Art Exhibition from the Museum Gouda explores the close connection between the Dutch royal house and the art world and offers a glimpse at some items that are not often on display.
The exhibition starts with the grand wedding portrait of Queen Wilhelmina and Prince Henry, and the room also includes several wedding presents.
The second room is wholly dedicated to a so-called art cabinet, which they also received as a wedding present. The cabinet contains over 100 pieces of art, which are all projected onto the wall opposite.
The last two rooms are dedicated to art made by Queen Wilhelmina herself and also to art she received as a gift or art that was exchanged in the family. The most touching artworks are that of Queen Wilhelmina’s pony Baby, which she received as a personal gift from the painter, and a gift from her mother with a personal inscription.
While the exhibition is small in size, it is grand in its experience. The works are absolutely lovely to look at, and I particularly enjoyed the personal pieces and the art done by Queen Wilhelmina herself, such as the violets.
Royal Art at Museum Gouda will run until 5 May 2024. Plan your visit here.