Plan your trip immediately for San Francisco, not only for the amazing nightlife and countless restaurant opportunities but for some good old-fashioned highbrow museum trolling. The Girl with a Pearl Earring piece is spectacular, and the entire collection—including other works from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in The Hague—is brilliant!
The de Young Museum is the first North American venue to present a selection of paintings from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, highlighting the renowned Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer and other spectacular artistic achievements of the Dutch Golden Age.
This work, sometimes called “the Dutch Mona Lisa,” is one of only 36 known paintings by the artist and rarely travels outside the Netherlands. Though little is known about Vermeer’s life, the quiet grace and virtuoso technique evident in his paintings—and in particular his rendering of light—have placed him among the most important artists of the 17th century. Many of the details of his technique can only be appreciated through close examination of the painting surface, such as the few tiny brushstrokes that indicate the reflection on the infamous pearl.
The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis is a prestigious Dutch museum in The Hague that has not lent a large body of works from its holdings in nearly 30 years. This exhibition opened January 26th and will be at the de Young through June 2! Do not miss this rare opportunity to see historical, groundbreaking works of art that would otherwise require a trip to the Netherlands.
The de Young Museum
Golden Gate Park
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94118