Saturday, July 15, 2023

Close in a Way --- Day 12/199

Walk: Asian Art Museum, Opera Plaza Cinema (Close to Vermeer)

Distance: 6 miles

Visitors viewing Johannes Vermeer's Mistress and Maid  (1666-67) at recent Rijksmuseum Exhibition

Mercifully it is over so Ciwt no longer needs to feel that mixture of disappointment and envy.  Disappointment because all the tickets were sold by the time she thought to fly to Amsterdam for the perhaps once ever exhibition of  28 of the meticulous, methodical Vermeer's small output of paintings. (That sell out happened within days).  Envy because, well, you know.  

Today though she found a near private venue to look very closely at those paintings.  Even though it was at a theater, in a filmed documentary the experience was deeply moving.  Its impact is summed up beautifully by Rotten Tomatoes top critic Adam Kempenaar: Close to Vermeer understands that great art isn’t just about the work itself – the craft, innovative techniques, and influence; it’s about the feelings a painting provokes in the individual observing it. And those observors include the general public, Vermeer lovers, scientists, conserators and art historians.  All deeply moved in the presence of Johannes Vermeer's art.

In actually Ciwt might have seen more back-of-heads and telephone screens than Vermeers at the Rijksmuseum, and Close to Vermeer may given Ciwt the best viewing experience.  Anyway, T\that's what she's telling herself.

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