This Saturday, San Francisco’s DeYoung Museum will open two exhibitions, which are surely to have an historical bite to it, especially when they both hailed from the Netherlands, and featured works created before the 19th century.
The first is Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis. This exhibition is part of an American tour, and DeYoung will be the first stop. The 35 featured paintings are from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis , The Hauge. “Considered the jewel box of a museum”, this establishment houses one of the most prestigious collections of works from the Dutch Golden Age paintings. One of those paintings will include Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer (yes, the one that spawned a movie of the same name). Other artists to be featured in this exhibition include Rembrandt van Rijn and Jan Steen. Also, these featured works have not been released to other museums for exhibitions for over thirty years, and a two-year renovation of the Hauge is making this exhibition possible.
Speaking of Rembrandt, the 17th century artist is getting his own exhibition, in adjacent with the Girl with a Pearl Earring exhibition. Titled Rembrandt’s Century, this exhibition explores the artistic personalities from the both the artist most famous and forgotten works from the Mannerist and Baroque eras. The featured works are largely drawn from the world-renowned collection of works on paper in the Fine Arts Museum’s Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts. This exhibition also explores his predecessors, and well as his impact of followers both in Holland and internationally, exploring the rich print culture of his time, as well as focus of representation of artists in a range of subjects including portraiture, natural history, and landscape. Also include are works by other painter-printmakers including Adriaen van Ostade, and Jusepe de Ribers, along with contributions from graphic artists including Jacques Callot and Lambert Doomer.
Both exhibitions are on display until June 2nd, and are under the special exhibition price of $25 for general admission, and are both complemented with one ticket. Log on to deyoung.famsf.org for more information.