Peachy the Magazine December 2013 - Page 80

Museum Mile An Of-the-Moment Tour of the Upper East Side’s Remarkably Downtown Art Scene Kitty Garner W We begin our Museum Mile tour at The Frick Collection where a Johannes Vermeer painting is holding court, to say the least. It has been almost three decades since The Girl with the Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675) Girl with a Pearl Earring, c. 1665 Oil on canvas. 44.5 x 39 cm Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague 80 PEACHY WRITTEN BY Pearl Earring, with her azure turban and fetching come hither gaze, last visited Manhattan. She has always commanded a bit of a cult following, but since her last visit to Gotham, the Chevalier novel and Weber film have made her a TMZ-worthy rockstar and now both the art-loving glitterati and the hoi pollio want to catch a glimpse. She is indeed the notable highlight of this season’s blockbuster show, “Vermeer, Rembrandt and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting From the Mauritshuis.” And in deference to her stardom, she has the Oval Room at the Frick all to herself. The other 13 pieces in the show share space in the East Gallery with an adjunct of the three Vermeer’s in the Frick’s permanent collection on view in the West Gallery. The Girl and her accompanying retinue of Dutch masterworks have patrons