The twin exhibitions - “The Girl with a Pearl Earring - Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis” and “The Rembrandt’s Century” in De Young Museum, San Francisco are to be closed on June 2. The second exhibit is a companion exhibition to Girl with a Pearl Earring featuring more than 200 rarely seen prints and drawings of the same era, all drawn from the permanent collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. These were wonderful exhibitions and I visited these two exhibitions twice in order to absorb as much as possible, despite the fact that I’d seen the marquee painting by Johannes Vermeer in the Mauritshuis before.
The first one was a small bird painting, The Goldfinch (above), by Carel Fabritius, a painter of the 17th century Dutch Golden Age, studied with Rembrandt van Rijn. Other favorite paintings included one by Rembrandt, Portrait of an Elderly Man, 1667.