The Mauritshuis Exhibit at the Frick–Almost


Nothing, but nothing will keep New Yorkers from their art as we found one cold snowy day. We arrived at the line at 10:20 on a Friday and confidently expected to get in.

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In fact, the guard told us we would. We enjoyed looking at the park

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and chuckled at the folks who left the line, getting us in two seconds earlier. For the first half hour, the line moved well, until we turned the corner from Fifth to 70th Street

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where we stood in an unmoving traffic jam for another half hour. At that point, the guard told us we were in for at least another half hour. With a cough from Rory and an incipient sore throat from me, we decided to cut our losses and left, thereby giving hope to the people behind us. What does this all mean? well, art or at least publicity about art is alive and well in New York and New Yorkers will stand on line under terrible conditions for something good, such as Vermeer’s Girl With a Pearl,

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Rembrandt’s “Tronie” of a Man with a Feathered Beret,

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or Fabritius’ Goldfinch.

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This is a good thing, I guess, and I love living in a city where people will undergo torture to get into an art exhibit. We did not get in to this particular exhibit, however, and if you want to yourself, I advise getting on line well before 10 am, wearing your warmest clothes and carrying an umbrella. Even then, there are no guarantees. But…..

in the midst of all this hustle and bustle, let us not forget that the Frick’s regular collection includes three Vermeers,  Image(Source: en.wikipedia.org)

including Officer with Laughing Girl, several Rembrandts including one of the great self-portraits

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and innumerable other wonderful Dutch, French and English paintings.

This does not begin to touch on the Metropolitan Museum’s six Vermeers which include one of my favorites, Young Woman with a Water Pitcher,

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and its astonishing 20+ Rembrandts (leaving out “Style of” and “Follower of”) including Aristotle Admiring a Bust of Homer,

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and a multitude of other fine Dutch portrait and genre paintings.

My point is merely that you don’t have to wait for a special exhibit: New York is rich in the greatest of art works just waiting for you–and–no lines. What I like to do is saunter into the Met, pick an area not too well known or frequented and spend a little time there, then finish up with my favorite Dutch and Italian Renaissance works. You may find me in front of Raphael’s Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints (The Colonna Alterpiece); it has been restored and looks gorgeous.

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If you haven’t seen it recently, you should take a look.

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