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“Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting”
October 22, 2017 at 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until October 31, 2017
An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until October 31, 2017
The last time the National Gallery presented a Vermeer show, in 1995, it was a blockbuster, with predawn lines, a visit from President Clinton, and public fury after a government shutdown closed the museum mid-exhibit. Twenty-two years later, some things are different: This year’s show doesn’t include “Girl With a Pearl Earring,” and it’s harder to imagine the current President making an appearance. Other things, for better or worse, remain the same. The show–which includes ten Vermeers among 65 works from the Dutch golden age–was a smash in Paris, suggesting the artist will draw throngs here, too. Alas, there’s been talk of yet another government shutdown. Which means it’s probably a good idea to get to the museum early in the run.
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