What a still life smells like

Ever wondered what a still life smells like? Or whether a beautiful pastoral landscape actually smelt of manure? Well, the Mauritshuis in The Hague will be bringing 17th-century Dutch paintings to life with scent dispensers (which will apparently be “coronavirus-proof”) for its exhibition Fleeting: Scents in Colour. These will range from the “phenomenal stink of [Amsterdam’s] canals” in works such as Jan van der Heyden’s View of the Oudezijds Voorburgwal with the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam (around 1670), to the scent of powdery flowers and overripe fruit in Abraham Mignon’s Still Life of Flowers and Fruit (1670). 

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