Special Photo Johannes Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" is on display at the High Museum of Art through Sept. 29. The oil on canvas was originally painted in 1665.
IF YOU GO
• What: “Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis” exhibit
• When: Runs through Sept. 29, times vary
• Where: High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta
• Cost: $12 to $19.50
• For more information: Visit www.high.org
ATLANTA -- Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer created his iconic "Girl with a Pearl Earring" in 1665. More than three centuries later, the oil painting has survived and is currently on display at the High Museum of Art.
The piece has not been on view in the U.S. for more than 15 years and has never been seen in the Southeast.
"For a selection of works from this renowned collection to be shown in the Southeast is a rare and extraordinary opportunity," said Michael E. Shapiro, the Nancy and Holcombe T. Green Jr., director of the High. "Paintings of this caliber are underrepresented in this part of the country and this exhibition will create an opportunity for our community to study and admire these works of art that rarely travel outside of Europe."
The exhibit "Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis" highlights the artistic talent of Dutch Golden Age painters, including Vermeer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Frans Hals and Jan Steen through the presentation of 35 paintings.
Other key paintings in the exhibit are Carel Fabritius' "Goldfinch," van Rijn's "'Tronie' of a Man with a Feathered Beret," Steen's "The Way You Hear It, Is The Way You Sing It" and Jacob van Ruisdael's "View of Haarlem with Bleaching Grounds."
"We are delighted to have three excellent museums as partners for our U.S. tour," said Emilie Gordenker, director of the Mauritshuis. "This collaboration allows us to present our collection on both the West and East Coasts of the United States, in large as well as more intimate venues."
"Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis" is organized by the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, which is a major pictorial art museum in The Hague of the Netherlands. Its next stop is at The Frick Collection of New York on Oct. 22.
The Atlanta exhibit runs through Sept. 29.