In the Hague Historical Museum, located in the historic heart of The Hague until February 6, 2011 to see an exhibition of the collection of paintings of the Hague Baron Van Heeckeren entitled "An Hague Baron and his treasures." The exhibition consists mainly works by contemporary painters.
"Targets" was a practice site or shooting range for archers and rifle-armed members of the militia in the Netherlands. Later it was named "Targets" for a building in which archers practiced.
Saint Sebastian is the patron saint of archers, among others. He was also one of the six pest saints; children were given his name to ward off the plague and other horrific diseases.
There hung some 70 paintings mainly from the Twickel Castle and several other castles. The Baron was particularly interested in contemporary art by artists such as Dish, Schelfhout and Bosboom and was thereby embellish his salons. Schelfhout hangs an ice views of some traditional Dutch winter. Jan van Goyen there hangs a large painting, a beautiful view of The Hague, which is part of the permanent collection of the Historical Museum. There is also work by Van Schendel, specializing in painting candle and lantern light effects. A beautiful Mary Magdalene of the Italian painter Schiavoni and a work of Wouwerman, the celebrated horse painter. Actually, all genres well represented: landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes, portraits, still lifes.
In the first room hang portraits of family include the Baron and his first wife, painted by Van der Hulst and Eeckhout. In another room to find a life-size portrait of his second wife, in which she poses in a dark red velvet gown. The dress itself is flat for deer painting also be admired.
From his second marriage to Isabella Antoinetta Baroness Sloet to Toutenburg three children were born.
Twickel Castle in Overijssel was his country, but most of the time he spent in his house on the Lange Voorhout. Through contacts with King William II and Prince Frederik, he became enthusiastic about collecting paintings, mostly contemporary art, because new movements could not tempt him so.
In addition to managing his estate Twickel, Van Heeckeren as chamberlain and chief equerry attached to the Court.
The Hague Historical Museum