Panorama Mesdag, The Hague

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Panorama Mesdag, a large cylindrical painting of a seaside town, gives the viewer an impression of being inside the landscape. Stand atop a sand dune and observe villagers at work, fishing boats docked on the seashore, and houses in the distance. Along with the realistic painting style, the feel of the place is augmented by the sand and beach objects placed below the painting on hilly terrain, making the illusion more striking. The piece was completed in 1881 by Mesdag, his wife, and his student painters. Use our The Hague trip itinerary maker to visit Panorama Mesdag on your trip to The Hague, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • It's interesting and included in the museum card. That's the reason to visit. I won't be satisfied if I paid the full price tickets. 
    It's interesting and included in the museum card. That's the reason to visit. I won't be satisfied if I paid the full price tickets.  more »
  • Great side trip in the Hague. Small but weel designed and managed museum. of course the centerpiece is the Panorama which the museum has done a tremendous job in making it a real experience in and.....  more
    Great side trip in the Hague. Small but weel designed and managed museum. of course the centerpiece is the Panorama which the museum has done a tremendous job in making it a real experience in and.....  more »
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  • I wish I could give this more than five stars. At first, I thought we had entered an art museum dedicated to a relatively obscure artist. After a few rooms of respectable seascapes and history, you climb spiral stairs to view a 360-degree painted panorama of a local beach in the 1800s. This 14.5 by 114.5 meter canvas completely surrounds the viewer with images of the ocean, boats, people, dunes, and the local fishing village. Everything gives you the illusion that you are literally a part of all around you. This is 15 euros well-spent.
  • I have never seen this kind of painting, a "living" one, transposing you in another time, another age. The whole museum is cetered around the paintings of Mesdag and his wife, with a little modernity brought by the photgraphy expo. We liked this small museum very much

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