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A Day at the de Young

05/27/2013

Yesterday, JC and I visited the de Young Museum to see the Girl with a Pearl Earring Dutch painting show before it ends on June 2nd. The special-exhibition ticket also included admission to Rembrandt’s Century, which was primarily focused on prints. Tickets were still available when we went and can be ordered in advance online.

Both shows were well worth seeing, though the quantity of prints in the latter exhibit can be overwhelming because of all the detailed work involved. I had my glasses out, nose to the art, and ultimately hit a wall as far as the number of etchings I could process. Although I appreciated the line-work and enjoyed the curation of so many pieces together, I admit to feeling a burst of energy when we finally reached the paintings.

In addition to the signature Vermeer, which looks downright ethereal, the collection of work from the The Mauritshuis, The Hague includes 34 same-era pieces that are on the road while their parent museum undergoes renovations. Paintings include Rembrandt self-portrats, The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius, As the Old Sing, So Twitter the Young and Girl Eating Oysters by Jan Steen, Laughing Boy by Frans Hals, and the newly restored Vase of Flowers by Rachel Ruysch. After the show leaves San Francisco, it moves to Atlanta from June 22nd – September 29th. A smaller 10-piece show travels to the Frick in New York in October.

No photos were allowed in the special exhibits, but here’s an assortment of shots from the rest of the museum. The cafe was decked out in tulips and offered several menu items along a Dutch theme. A lovely day overall.

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