Posts Tagged ‘european’

Girl With A Pearl Earring: You’ve Seen the Movie, Now See the Real Thing – Dutch Paintings at the de Young in January!

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Look, it’s the Girl With A Pearl Earring:

Oh, wait a sec, here she is:

Johannes Vermeer (Delft 1632–1675 Delft) Girl with a Pearl Earring, ca. 1665. Oil on canvas, 17 1/2 x 15 3/8 in. (44.5 x 39 cm) Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague, Bequest of Arnoldus des Tombe, 1903 (inv. no. 670)

Well, guess what. They’re going to pack her up and send her to Golden Gate Park to be put on display for the first half of 2013 at our de Young Museum.

This is huge.

All the deets:

Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis - At the de Young Museum January 26—June 2, 2013

San Francisco, October 2012–The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to announce that on January 26, 2013, the de Young Museum will be the first North American venue to present Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis, a selection of paintings from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague. The de Young will host 35 paintings from the collection, including the renowned Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer, The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius, and four works by Rembrandt van Rijn. Highlighting the spectacular artistic achievements of the Dutch Golden Age, these works reflect the culture of artistic, economic, and technological innovation that allowed the Netherlands to prosper in the 17th century.

At the center of this exhibition is one of the world’s most famous paintings, Vermeer’s masterpiece, Girl with a Pearl Earring. 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 pearl, and the broader, more expressive painting of her ultramarine and yellow turban.

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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Mid-Market Update: Euro Family of Tourists Victimized Right in Front of the Former “Run Ed Run” Headquarters

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

I can count three SFPD radio cars and there were more about the area of 6th and Market this AM, just after another family of Eurotourists got victimized.

See? 

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Can you recall last year when Mayor Ed Lie had his campaign HQ in the Mid-Market to prove some point about something?

It looked like this:

Can you match up the photos?

What did Ed Lee Gets It Done actually get done here?

Oh, and our previous mayor also had a political HQ in this area not too long ago.

Check it:

Prospective Twitter Landlord Gave Newsom Rent Deal

On it goes in San Francisco’s corrupt Twitterloin.

Anyway, sorry Euros.

The Euros, They Just Don’t Care: No Helmets, No Lights, Riding Side-By-Side Down Deadly Masonic Without a Care

Monday, July 18th, 2011

These chatty Euro-types are braver than I.

They’re from a cycling culture different from America’s, that’s for sure.

I was on the sidewalk* by the time they ended up taking up the slow lane of deadly Masonic southbound, languidly cruising side-by-side at about half the speed limit all the way to Fell.

Where Nils Linke died last year and James Hudson died this year:

I’m afraid of Masonic, myself. But that’s nothing a little reorganizing couldn’t fix.

Of course our corrupt SFMTA, the worst-run agency in town, has a plan for this part of Masonic. But it’s afraid to implement safety measures quickly and cheaply because that would lower support for what the SFMTA wants to do, which is to wait years and then spend years and eight figures (million$ per block) planting trees and whatnot.

To fight blight, or something.

To make area property owners happy.

Oh well.

At least by then, we’ll have our Target store on Masonic.

Right Charlize and Bullseye?

*As I’ve stated before these people died, all cyclists should be on the wide sidewalks of Masonic instead of actually being on Masonic betwixt Turk and Fulton, generally.

Bicycle Trilogy: Euro Tourists Like Bikes, But Not Concomitant Bike Helmets

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

See?

I’m sure that the bike rental place at the foot of Market Street pushed smelly neon-green helmets on this gaggle of northern Europeans heading outbound, but no dice.

Those are the Euros for you. (You could say the same thing about electrified bikes (helmet use required in CA regardless of age) or mopeds or motorcycles or whatnot, right? Where’s the line?)

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For better or worse…

If You Have Superfluous License Plates on Your Car, You Just Might Be Eurotrash

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Now, now. Who are you trying to impress here with your high-aspect-ratio, Euro-style, faux license plates?

Europe has long been thought of as a center of culture and sophistication, with good reason. The area is steeped in history. Among the many things Europe is known for are the cars. The thought of a European sports car makes any car enthusiast’s heart beat a little faster. Now you can give your own vehicle a touch of Old World flair with a Euro License Plate.”

Or, maybe you kept authentic European plates on your Beemer to remind you of your Autobahn-storming days back on the Continent? I can’t tell.

Either way, You Might Just Be Eurotrash.

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Just saying.