In art news… something great for people in the USA

VermeerI like Vermeer.   Therefore, I was pleased to read on The History Blog that Vermeer’s “Girl With A Pearl Earring” is coming to the USA.

It will be part of an exhibit.


The new exhibition, “Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis,” features 35 important paintings by Dutch Golden Age masters including Vermeer, Rembrandt, Fans Hals and Jan Steen. The Royal Cabinet of Paintings Mauritshuis in The Hague is housed in a 17th palace which is will be undergoing a major two-year renovation and expansion. It will close on April 1st and move its entire permanent collection to the Gemeentemuseum also in The Hague.

The Mauritshuis collection will be on display there in its entirety from April 28, 2012 to May 28, 2012, and then the Girl with a Pearl Earring and her 34 escorts will begin touring the world. First they’ll go to Japan, from July until mid-September at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, then on to Kobe’s City Art Museum until January 2013.

Their first stop in the United States will be the de Young Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco where they’ll be on display from January 26, 2013, to June 2, 2013. Next up will be the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, which will host the exhibition between June 22, 2013, and September 29, 2013. This will be the first time Girl with a Pearl Earring has ever been seen in the southeast United States, so it will give a great many people a unique opportunity to see her in person.

The last stop on the US itinerary is the The Frick Collection in New York City from October 22, 2013, to January 12, 2014. After that the works head home to the Netherlands. They will be back on display at the newly expanded and renovated Mauritshuis by mid-year.


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  1. Gail F says:

    I saw the Vermeer exhibit 20 (?) years ago in DC. It was amazing. They really are amazing paintings. The Girl With the Pearl Earring is life-sized, which I did not expect. You look at it and it looks like a real girl who has turned her head to look at you — and she is deeply in love with you. I have always loved that painting but the real emotional impact it makes is nothing like what you get from a screen image or a print.

  2. Maltese says:

    My favorite beautiful-woman image, to be frank (er, I mean Italian) though is Leonardo da Vinci ‘s Ginevra de Benci; which I paid special tribute to many time while living near DC (the only permanent da Vinci painting in our Country). If you see this paining in life, it is more real than a human face, but I love da Vinci’s beautiful inscription on the back of the painting (a painting itself) which reads, “She adorns her grace with virtue.” Apparently, da Vinci admired the fact that de Benci was a very chaste, virtuous woman, but also incredibly beautiful.

    My own iphone pictures of de Benci are inferior, as you scroll down to the 4th and 5th pics, but I think this painting, though not nearly as famous as the Mona Lisa, is his materpiece!

  3. Mike says:

    Just an opinion: the film is way better than the novel.

  4. AnAmericanMother says:

    Saw it in the Hague 50 years ago.
    It is indeed far more impressive in person than in a photograph. The size and also I think the texture and depth of the paint itself.

  5. teomatteo says:

    Very Good. Here in Detroit we have a Rembrant “the Faces of Jesus” and an artsy film: the Mill and the Cross. I recommend them both.

  6. Mark R says:

    Vermeer was a convert to the Catholic faith.

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