A Day on the Beach in 1881
The largest painting in the Netherlands can be viewed in The Hague: Panorama Mesdag. This famous cylindric work of art spans 120 metres and has a height of 14 metres. As soon as you enter the panorama, it feels like you’re actually on the dunes of The Hague with its endless vistas.
The magical panorama with a view of the North Sea, the dunes and The Hague in the distance was made by Hendrik Willem Mesdag, a famous painter from the Hague School. He loved the sea, the beach and the fisherman’s life and therefore often painted sea sights. The panorama was made in a cylinder-shaped building. Thanks to the light that enters through the glass dome, the skies above the panorama are always changing.
Nice to know
Mesdag’s wife, Sientje Mesdag-Van Houten, also worked on the huge panorama. She’s even depicted on the canvas underneath a white parasol on the beach. Mesdag probably put her in as a thank-you for her contribution. Sientje was one of the most important female painters of the Hague School.
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