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The de Young will be the first venue in the American tour of paintings f rom the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis\, The Hague. This jewel box of a museum\, housing one of the world's most prestigious collections of Dutch G olden Age paintings\, has not lent a large body of works from its holdings in nearly 30 years. An extensive two-year renovation makes this extraordina ry opportunity possible.

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The exhibition features 35 paintings representi ng the range of subject matter and technique characteristic of 17th-century painting in the Dutch Republic. Among the works traveling to the United St ates is the Mauritshius' celebrated masterpiece Girl with the Pearl Ear ring by Johannes Vermeer and the enchanting The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius. The painting Vase of Flowers by the gifted Rachel Ruysch\, one of the few female painters of the Dutch Golden Age\, is being restored especially for the American tour.

DTEND:20130602 DTSTAMP:20140918T232405 DTSTART:20130126 GEO:37.7709335;-122.4688276 LOCATION:de Young Museum\,Golden Gate Park 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive\nSa n Francisco\, CA 94118 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis\, C arel Fabritius\, Rachel Ruysch\, Johannes Vermeer UID:248039 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130126T171500 DTSTAMP:20140918T232405 DTSTART:20130126T093000 GEO:37.7709335;-122.4688276 LOCATION:de Young Museum\,Golden Gate Park 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive\nSa n Francisco\, CA 94118 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis\, C arel Fabritius\, Rachel Ruysch\, Johannes Vermeer UID:248040 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR