Monday, June 3, 2013

Two girls, one pearl earring

We learned back in February that Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring would be at the de Young Museum in SF. Going to see it was put on our list of must-sees for the spring. Must see, must go, must do. We managed to squeeze it in on the last possible weekend. We were much too busy to go, had way too many things happening to even think of going, but a pre-paid ticket is a great motivator to just do it.

Girl with a Pearl Earring is often called the Dutch Mona Lisa. Now having seen both, I say the Dutch girl won the beauty contest. First of all, the wait to see the Mona Lisa is long. They weave you through like it's a ride for Disneyland and then once you get up to see the painting, you don't have much time to look. Dark and small, that's what I remember. This painting was really stunning and appealing, and there was not a rush to move past it quickly. I was chatting with the security guard and he encouraged me to just get right up in front, so I did. Worth the drive, the admission price, and the traffic jam on the way home.

Two girls, but where's the pearl?

A little twirl revealed the pearl.

Three Germans. No girls, no pearls.

Watching the porpoises from the Golden Gate, with curls.