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Iconic painting arrives in Atlanta

High Museum of Art will exhibit "Girl with the Pearl Earring"

POSTED: June 27, 2013 1:00 a.m.

The High Museum of Art, in collaboration with the Mauritshuis, The Hague, will present a major exhibition of Dutch masterworks in 2013, including Johannes Vermeer’s iconic “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” which has not been on view in the United States for more than 15 years and has never been seen in the Southeast.

Drawn from the Mauritshuis’s collection, “Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis” will highlight the artistic genius of Dutch Golden Age painters, including Vermeer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Frans Hals and Jan Steen, through the presentation of 35 exceptional paintings. The exhibit opened Sunday in Atlanta and will clost Sept. 29.

“For a selection of works from this renowned collection to be shown in the Southeast is a rare and extraordinary opportunity,” said Michael E. Shapiro, Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr., director of the High. “Paintings of this caliber are underrepresented in this part of the country and this exhibition will create an opportunity for our community to study and admire these works of art that rarely travel outside of Europe.”

Other artistic masters on display will include Jacob and Salomon van Ruysdael, Paulus Potter, Meindert Hobbema and Jan van Goyen. Through landscapes and portraits, the exhibition will explore the idea Dutch artists more readily embraced genre paintings of secular subjects than their southern European contemporaries and focused on capturing commonplace scenes of daily life. Dutch artists not only recorded representations of the domestic interior, still lifes and revelrous crowds, but often imbued these scenes with moral undertones and humorous, sarcastic wit.

Key paintings featured in the exhibition include:

Johannes Vermeer, “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” ca. 1665

Carel Fabritius, “Goldfinch,” 1654

Rembrandt van Rijn, “‘Tronie’ of a Man with a Feathered Beret,” ca. 1635

Jan Steen, “The Way You Hear It, Is The Way You Sing It,” ca. 1665

Jacob van Ruisdael, “View of Haarlem with Bleaching Grounds,” 1670–1675

“We are delighted to have three excellent museums as partners for our U.S. tour,” said Emilie Gordenker, director of the Mauritshuis. “This collaboration allows us to present our collection on both the West and East Coasts of the United States, in large as well as more intimate venues.”

High Museum of Art hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday with tickets half-price after 4 p.m.; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays.

Tickets are $19.50 for adults, $12 for children between ages 6 and 17, $16.50 for seniors 65 and older and $16.50 for students with an ID.


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