As of November 2020, you can now experience the Mauritshuis Museum in a new lifelike virtual environment. The museum is the first in the world to have been fully digitized in gigapixel format*. By combining this with the Maurithuis’s already existing Second Canvas app, the wonderful stories behind the paintings are now revealed and you can zoom in on the brushstrokes. No fewer than 36 masterpieces, including all the Vermeers, four Rembrandts, three Jan Steens, Fabritius’s Goldfinch and The Bull by Paulus Potter, can all be enjoyed in exquisite detail.
The Second Canvas tour in gigapixel format allows you to wander through the rooms of the former city palace and explore the museum right down to the smallest details. After the Prado in Madrid, the Mauritshuis was the first museum in the world to launch a Second Canvas app in 2016 to make the collection more accessible from outside the museum.
Paintings in gigapixel format are nothing new, but an entire museum digitized in gigapixel format is a world first. During the first lockdown of spring 2020, the images of the museum and its paintings were taken with 360-degree cameras. To create the high-quality, razor-sharp images. Every centimeter, skirting board and wall hanging in the rooms was mapped by a digitization robot. The results of the 360-degree gigapixel photography means that online visitors can see the Mauritshuis collection in extremely high resolution. And discover the smallest details.
Visitors can find the virtual museum on the Mauritshuis website or via the Mauritshuis Second Canvas app. The app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play. www.mauritshuis.nl/en/
*Gigapixel format is a gigapixel image of 1000 megapixels, more than 100 times the size of images that can be produced by a smartphone.