Façades of The Hague #63

Façade of the building of painters’ association (‘schilderkundig genootschap’) Pulchri Studio, Lange Voorhout.

Originally built in the 16th century, it got its present appearance in the 18th century.

Many of its inhabitants had chic names, all but a few forgotten by now.

The building was bought by Pulchri Studio (‘For the Study of Beauty’; the association was founded in 1847) in 1896 and was opened by the association in 1901.

Pulchri Studio (in short Pulchri) still exists and the association’s building has some of the most wonderful exhibition spaces in The Hague, although it should be said that exhibitions not always live up to that magnificence.

On the other hand Pulchri is the grand old lady of The Hague art institutions and is a household name, which, as such, should be cherished.

[Click on the pictures to enlarge]

© Villa Next Door 2018

All pictures were taken in March 2017

Bertus Pieters

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