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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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Gavin and Montana Tessa Newsom Star at World Cup 2010 Finale in Civic Center

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Montana Tessa Newsom was the cause of a frisson at yesterday’s showing of the Spain vs. Holland World Cup Final.

But before we get to that, I have a few notes for Rec and Park.

The giant TV screen(s) weren’t giant enough. Next time, how about using a big screen the way our corporate overlords do?

That crowd in Civic Center didn’t exactly have 10,000 people in it. Just because A.N.S.W.E.R.* exaggerates doesn’t mean you should too.**

Is the great Civic Center lawn ever coming back? Ever since Farmer Gavin’s Victory Garden got dug up, the gritty surface you put in there hasn’t won a lot of fans, right? What about the poor anime costume contest freaks who come back every year? They’re too professional to take off their headpieces so they’d prefer to pass out rather than break character on those hot, hot days of Springtime. 80 degrees + reflected radiation from the ground = heat stroke. Wouldn’t grass be nicer?

Is any part of the bill for this joint going to be sent to Gavin Newsom’s Lt. Governor campaign?

At the end of regulation play (with a scoreless tie, the best kind), Gavin gave a pat on the back to himself and to Rec and Park via a Mr. Microphone address to assembled voters. (That’s UC Hastings alum and Rec and Park chief Phil Ginsburg on the right patting someone else on the back, I think.)

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The crowd was enraptured:

MTN’s debut:

Does this look like 10,000 people to you?**

The eternal struggle – Bull vs. Lion. (The lion specializes in head kicks and scrotum grabs and the bull feigns great injury at the slightest touch. Cheating and crybabying pays off handsomely in international futbol, but it doesn’t get you big returns in the NFL, where the refs will catch game-changing cheating via instant replay. Speaking of which, the refs in American Football catch most of their own mistakes. Does this make American football better? Discuss.)

Congratulations to Rec and Park for a mostly well done op during WC 2010. You should have CW Nevius write about this joint until even he gets sick of his sycophancy.

See you in 2014!

*Check out this bit from Chris Roberts.  Hey, congratulations ANSWER Coalition! I just knew you were going to win.

**I was there for about ten minutes, so I didn’t have a chance to properly consider the size of the throng. Upon further review, I’ll back away from my crowd size over-estimate allegation.