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'Girl with a Pearl Earring' creates stir in Italy

Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" is going on show in the city of Bologna in Italy next month but the arrival of the celebrated painting of a young beauty is already causing a stir. "There is an incredible fever surrounding this painting," the director of the exhibition, Marco Goldin, told AFP-TV at a press presentation. "Clearly we are expecting a big success. In just a few weeks we have already sold 100,000 tickets," he said -- for an exhibition opening on February 8.

Record crowds flock to Dutch Masters in New York

A record-breaking number of people have flocked to a Dutch Old Masters exhibition in New York, fueled by a best-selling novel featuring one of the paintings on display. The Frick Collection originally billed "Girl with a Pearl Earring," the much-loved masterpiece that inspired a Hollywood film in 2003, as the prime attraction of its October-January show. But as sales have accelerated for US novelist Donna Tartt's long-awaited third novel "The Goldfinch" the number of visitors has gone through the roof, the Frick told AFP on Friday.

New Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam attracts two million visitors

THE HAGUE, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Since its reopening on April 13, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has attracted two million visitors, the Dutch museum announced Tuesday. Netta Maman and Verdit Aftabi, two young tourists from Israel, visited the museum on the last day of their holidays. Maman was welcomed as two millionth visitor to the museum by director Wim Pijbes. She received flowers and a goody bag with articles from the museum shop. "We heard that after the renovation the Rijksmuseum is a must see, so we decided to come immediately," she said.

Dutch museum masterworks may be Nazi loot, survey finds

By Thomas Escritt AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A commission investigating the looting of Dutch property during the Nazi era said on Tuesday it had identified more than 100 works of art, including two 17th century portraits and eight other paintings from Amsterdam's famed Rijksmuseum. Of a total 139 works, 61 of them could be linked to their original owners, the majority of them Jewish, said Rudi Ekkart, head of the commission which carried out the research.

'Girl with a Pearl Earring' to draw crowds in New York

"Girl with a Pearl Earring," the much-loved Dutch masterpiece that has intrigued art lovers for centuries, goes on exhibition in New York Tuesday, set to draw huge crowds. Painted by Johannes Vermeer around 1665, it is the highlight of 15 extraordinary 17th-century paintings on loan to The Frick Collection until January 19. The canvas has enjoyed a cult following since becoming the subject of a best-selling novel in 1999 and a Hollywood film starring Scarlett Johansson in 2003.

Rembrandt's dark genius shines in new graphic novel

A new no-holds-barred graphic novel biography of Rembrandt strives to fill in the often dark, drunken and erotic gaps in the tragic life of one of the most famous of Dutch artists. "Rembrandt" by comic book artist Typex shows the painter as you've never seen him before: cantankerous, obsessive and unfaithful. Rembrandt's life, 1606-1669, spanned the height of the Golden Age, when the Netherlands was awash with bourgeois and aristocratic money, much of it spent on acquiring art, and the book is both sociological and historical.

Dutch Queen reopens long-closed Rijksmuseum to cheers

By Gilbert Kreijger AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum drew thousands of visitors eager to see Rembrandt van Rijn's "The Night Watch" and other Dutch treasures after Queen Beatrix reopened the national museum on Saturday following its decade-long renovation. There were cheers, fanfares and fireworks as the 75-year-old Queen, making one of her last official appearances before her abdication, turned a golden key and officially opened the renovated building before a crowd estimated by the museum at 10,000.

Riches of Dutch History Return to Rijksmuseum

Rembrandt van Rijn's masterpiece "The Night Watch" is back in pride of place at the newly renovated National Museum of the Netherlands, along with works by Johannes Vermeer, Jan Steen and thousands of other Dutch cultural and artistic artifacts, as the museum prepares to reopen after a massive 10-year, 375 million euro ($480 million) renovation.In a preview Thursday ahead of the Rijksmuseum's April 13th opening, director Wim Pijbes said the improvements will justify the long wait.The 19th-century building's red-brick exterior, which resembles a fairy-tale castle, has been lef

Renewed Rijksmuseum revamps the Golden Age

Amsterdam's world-famous Rijksmuseum revealed its new 21st century identity Thursday after a vast 10-year, 375-million euro (480-million dollar) renovation aimed at breathing new life into its unparallelled collection of Golden Age masterpieces. "The Rijksmuseum stands at the threshold of a new page of its history," the 19th-century museum's general director Wim Pijbes told journalists at a press preview of the revamp, masterminded by Spanish architects Cruz y Ortiz.

Rembrandt's "Night Watch" returns to Rijksmuseum

The Hague, Mar 28 (EFE).- The "Night Watch," considered one of the greatest works of Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn, is back on display at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam after its space underwent security and environmental upgrades. The work, completed in 1642 at the peak of the Dutch Golden Age, is one of the last paintings returned to the museum's main building, which reopens on April 13 after a decade-long renovation project overseen by Spanish architects Antonio Ruiz and Antonio Ortiz.
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