We just went to the de Young Museum and took in the Dutch Masters exhibit. It was $25 to get in for each of us and parking was another $10 or so, but it was well worth it. The exhibit starts with the etchings and engravings of the likes of van Dyke, Rembrandt and others in the Dutch school. I enjoyed learning about the techniques they used and especially enjoyed the effects they achieved with copper plates and a bit of tooling. It's hard to imagine the skills that took. The exhibit moves on to paint on canvas/board and moves through the masters' lives and skills. A late Rembrandt shows the skills he retained to the end of his life. The final room houses the Girl with the Pearl Earring by Vermeer and it is an emotional event or it was for us. I hope he had some idea of what he had done when he added the last stroke, but I suspect he did not. At any rate, a great way to spend a few hours in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, especially on a foggy day! Don't miss it.
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