Thursday, January 31, 2013

Girl with a Pearl Earring visits San Francisco

Starting this past Saturday, January 26, and going through Sunday, June 2, 2013, you can see Johannes (Jan) Vermeer's masterpiece, Girl with a Pearl Earring. Along with Vermeer's masterpiece, more than 30 works from other Dutch masters will be shown in this special exhibit at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. The exhibit Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis will be running in conjunction with Rembrandt's Century, and exhibit featuring 17th century works on paper from graphic artists and print makers in the time of Rembrandt. The exhibit is anchored by a large number of etchings by Rembrandt van Rijn.

The Girl with a Pearl Earring exhibit is the first American stop on the tour of these famous painting from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague; the Dutch museum features one of the world's greatest collection of works from the Dutch Golden Age (1584-1702). The museum has not lent such a large group of works from its collection in nearly 30 years; however, a major renovation to the museum allows this exhibit to be possible. The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis is closed to the public during renovations and is expected to reopen in mid-2014.

Timed tickets for this special exhibit are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors 65 or older, $21 for students with current ID, $15 for youths ages 6-17, and free to members and children under 5. Included in admission is the adjacent exhibit, Rembrandt's Century, as well as general museum admission. The de Young Museum is located at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive in Golden Gate Park; the museum is closed Mondays.