I had to run an errand in Den Hague today, so I made a quick side trip to the Escher Museum. This museum is inside of a former royal residence dating back to the eighteenth century. Queen Emma bought the stately house in 1896. She used it as a winter palace from March 1901 till her death in March 1934. It was used by four subsequent Dutch queens for their business offices, until Queen Beatrix moved the office to Paleis Noordeinde. The first and second floors have exhibitions showing the royal period of the palace, highlighting Queen Emma’s residence.
The museum features a permanent display of a large number of woodcuts and lithographs by M.C. Escher, among them the world famous prints, Air and Water (birds become fish); Belvedere (the inside out of a Folly); Waterfall (where water seems to flow upwards); Drawing (two hands drawing each other). Escher in Het Paleis shows the early lovely Italian landscapes, the many mirror prints and a choice from the tesselation drawings, also the three versions of the Metamorphosis, from the first small one, to the third, of 7 meters. This one is shown in a circle. It underlines the new vision of the museum on the work of M.C. Escher. The third floor of the museum is dedicated to the Optical Illusion, besides the famous Escher Room in which grownups seem to be smaller than their children, one’s eyes will be tricked by multiple interactive displays (Source: Wikipedia).
I was completely mind blown by this museum. The quality of Escher’s work is simply stunning and I found myself thinking… “Wow, is that really a lithograph?!” Or “No way, that can’t be a wood block print…” I also visited the Maurithuis during my last visit to Den Hague and I have to say that the quality of the museums in the Royal City are simply OUTSTANDING. I would highly recommend adding this to your list of things to do while travelling through the Netherlands.