Director's Choice

Emilie E.S. Gordenker

ISBN: 978 1 85759 847 6
Size: 190 x 165 mm / 6.5 x 7.5 in.
Binding: paperback
Pages: 80
Images: 37
Also available in: Dutch

UK £9.95 / US $12.95


  • Presents highlights of the world-famous collection of Dutch and Flemish masterpieces of the Golden Age
  • Includes paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Steen, Hals and Rubens


The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis is celebrated for its world-famous collection of Dutch and Flemish masterpieces of the Golden Age, including paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Steen, Hals and Rubens. The renowned collection is housed in a 17th-century city palace in the centre of The Hague. The combination of an outstanding collection (which has grown over the last 200 years from 200 paintings in 1822 to nearly 800 at present) and a superb example of Dutch Classicist architecture makes the Mauritshuis truly unique. In this new volume in Scala's Director's Choice series, Emilie E.S. Gordenker makes her selection from stunning examples of Flemish primitive art to sun-drenched landscapes, from Biblical figures to detailed still lifes and from serene interiors to humorous genre pieces.


Emilie E.S. Gordenker has been Director of the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis since 2008. She holds a doctorate in the History of Art from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, with a specialty in Dutch and Flemish paintings of the Golden Age. She has published widely on the history of dress and the artist Anthony van Dyck. Previously she held the position of Senior Curator of Early Netherlandish, Dutch and Flemish Art at the Scottish National Gallery.


"In this engaging, compact book, Director Emilie Gordenker comments on around 35 of her personal favourites, reproduced one per spread (often with a blown-up detail). A neat idea, well executed – look out for other titles in the series."