Free introductory tour by David Bailly - Time, death and vanity

Every Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Nearly 400 years after it was created, David Bailly's Vanitas Still Life with Portrait of a Young Painter continues to fascinate art historians. The masterpiece raises all sorts of questions. Is it a self-portrait? To what do the various objects in the painting refer? And who is the mysterious female figure appearing against the back wall?

Museum De Lakenhal has joined forces with various experts for a comprehensive study of the painter and his work. Thus, for the first time, Bailly's oeuvre has been mapped, and we discovered several hidden faces in his still life. Every weekend in the exhibition* David Bailly - Time, Death and Vanity* and in this free entry tour, our tour guides will take you through the latest insights about this extraordinary Leiden painter.


  • Date: every saterday and sunday from 11 March until 2 July
  • Time: 2 - 3 p.m.
  • Starting point: Achterplaats
  • Price: free with a valid entry ticket
  • Sign up: not necessary, go to the information desk just before the start to see if a spot is available
  • Please note: that there are additional tours on Easter Monday (April 10), Ascension Day (May 18) and Whit Monday (May 29).

Also for the deaf and hard of hearing

On May 14, our deaf tour guide Kirsten will be waiting for you at 2 p.m. to give you a tour of the exhibition in Dutch Sign Language. Are you hearing? Then you can also join this tour - a voice interpreter will be present.

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Also for people with demetia and their loved ones

On the first Thursday of every month, people with dementia and their loved ones can attend a free Memorabel tour or workshop. On Thursday, April 6, the Memorabel tour goes through the exhibition David Bailly - Time, death and vanity, and on Thursday, June 1, you can attend a creative workshop in our Atelier inspired by Bailly's work. Since we only have 10 spots available at a time, registration for this program is required. Please email boekingen@lakenhal.nl to reserve a spot.