Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Rendez-vous with the "Girl with a Pearl Earring"

The way the line was forming, you'd think people were waiting to meet a rock star...and we were!

Picture this...it 5:10pm, and pitch black outside, with icy cold winds blowing through the streets of East side Manhattan. There I am, standing outside on a line of huddling people... in a skirt. Yeah, not the best choice on my part. In my own defense, I did not realize how many people would be on line for free admission. The Frick is currently offering free entry for extended hours starting at six on Fridays. Click here for more info. This is because of the generosity of Agnes Gund, who has provided funding for this opportunity. Also, every Sunday you can pay what you wish(which for me means a nickle) from 11:00-1pm.

There I was, freezing my butt off in a knee length skirt, for entry into the illustrious Frick museum/collection on 70th street and 5th Ave. There had better be a darn good reason for it!

Currently, the Frick is exhibiting one of the most renown pieces to come out of the Dutch Golden Age, the Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer! The show, called Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis , is here in New York City on temporary loan. The beauty and richness of ALL these Dutch pieces will leave you spellbound as you walk through the ornate, velvety walled rooms of the Frick.

While I was waiting on line to see this hip chick and all her companion pieces (which most certainly hold there own in this exhibit!) I was amused by the variety of individuals that had come to see these paintings (all waiting in the cold for free entry mind you). There were women of all ages, some wearing fur coats, others rocking bicycle helmets. Foreigners with accents all the colors of the rainbow were on line as well! One thing was certain, we were all united by a tenacious appetite for the beloved dutch masters!

As you walked into the softly lit (and warm) building, you moved through an indoor Garden Court to come to what is called the "Oval room". The first thing you see as you enter is this Girl with a Pearl Earring, front and center. Surrounded by ropes, you can only get about four feet away from the painting, which is 17 ½ x 15 3/8 in. in size. Nonetheless, the depth of color and unique character of his brush strokes makes her a vibrantly encompassed subject. She seems to pop out of the frame, with an inner illumination in contrast to the velvet-black darkness of the background.

http://www.frick.org/exhibitions/mauritshuis/670

I also saw so many breath taking Rembrandts, Turners,...and so many more! Here is a piece, entitled Simeon’s Song of Praise (1631) by Rembrandt van Rijn. This oil on Panel piece holds the beauty of a quintessentially dutch painting. The darkness framing the scene makes it both intimate and striking. The joy emanating from the piece is apparent, even before you read the title.




http://www.frick.org/exhibitions/mauritshuis/145#sthash.SrogvagT.dpuf

Whether the subject is of biblical proportions, or a simple as Carel Fabritius's The Goldfinch (1654), the attention to detail will never leave you regretting you waited for an hour in the freezing cold! There is a reason that Art Historians call them "masters".


http://www.frick.org/exhibitions/mauritshuis/605#sthash.JSCIBx10.dpuf

I hope this post has whetted your appetites! Whether your in NYC or not, take some time to see something beautiful!

What do you think about these Dutch artists? Or do you prefer something more modern? Please leave your thougths by clicking on this posts title and scrolling down to the comments section that shows up!!
Photo credit: The Frick Collection at thefrick.org
Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis - See more at: http://www.frick.org/exhibitions/mauritshuis/tickets#sthash.aVttFuku.dpuf
Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis - See more at: http://www.frick.org/exhibitions/mauritshuis/tickets#sthash.aVttFuku.dpuf
Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis - See more at: http://www.frick.org/exhibitions/mauritshuis/tickets#sthash.aVttFuku.dpuf
Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis - See more at: http://www.frick.org/exhibitions/mauritshuis/tickets#sthash.aVttFuku.dpuf
Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis - See more at: http://www.frick.org/exhibitions/mauritshuis/tickets#sthash.aVttFuku.dpuf

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