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Portrait of Emilie Gordenker

Emilie Gordenker

Director Mauritshuis > Museum

Emilie Gordenker has been Director of the Mauritshuis since 1 January 2008. She was born in 1965 in
Princeton, New Jersey in the United States. Emilie is an American citizen, but speaks fluent Dutch thanks to
her Dutch mother and frequent visits to the Netherlands before moving here in 2007.
Emilie obtained her doctorate in 1998 at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York with a thesis on Dutch
seventeenth-century costume and Anthony van Dyck. Her thesis, Van Dyck and the Representation of Dress in
Seventeenth-Century Portraiture, was published in 2001 by Brepols Publishers, Turnhout, Belgium.
While in New York, Emilie worked for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Frick Collection and the
Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD). She also lectured at Rutgers University, New York University,
Vassar College and the Bard Graduate Center for the Decorative Arts.
In 1999, Emilie moved to London, where she worked in the field of new media, while continuing to publish in
her area of specialism and related subjects.
In December 2003, Emilie was appointed Senior Curator of Early Netherlandish, Dutch and Flemish Art at the
National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh, where she remained until her appointment as Director of the Royal
Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in The Hague.
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