Lorentz Room

In the seventeenth century this room was used as an office (‘Comptoir’) by Louys Trip.

In 1732–1733 the ceiling, chimneypiece, wall layout, and panelling were altered to create a room which to this day exudes an eighteenth-century atmosphere.

After the restoration of the Trippenhuis from 1988 to 1991, the artist Jan Dibbets was commissioned by the Government Buildings Agency to create a ceiling painting within the eighteenth-century frame. Dibbets gave the panel a dark-grey ground;  on this he placed a circular colour photograph, complete with perspective distortion, depicting a round, open window in the ruins of Soissons.

A tribute to Lorentz

The room contains the desk and chair of Hendrik Antoon Lorentz (1853–1928), professor of theoretical physics at Leiden University and president of the Science Division of the Academy. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1902.



Oorkonde Nobelprijs voor H.A. Lorentz