I couldn’t find a proper translation for the Dutch word ‘portiek’. It is usually translated as ‘porch’, ‘portico’ or ‘veranda’, but that is something of an extension to a building. A ‘portiek’ is a community stairwell used by inhabitants to reach their apartment. There are many of them in The Hague, build inwards like a shelter, probably due to the awful Dutch weather. From outside sparse light bounces against the stairs.
At a spectacular exhibition of ceramic artists Bertoni & Casoni in the museum Beelden aan Zee, the detail of the little bird that keeps the clothing of the daffodil mowing Mary together, had a poetic power.
Last week experts have concluded that a painting long-believed to have been painted by a student of Rembrandt is in fact a self portrait by the Dutch master. Suddenly the painting has an estimated nominal value of 30 million dollar.