Friday 14 August 2009

Milkmaid at the Met

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s historic voyage to Manhattan from Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum is lending Johannes Vermeer's The Milkmaid to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The painting will be on display from 10 September until 29 November, together with 5 more Vermeers and other masterpieces by Dutch painters. It's 70 years since The Milkmaid last visited the USA, for the 1939 World's Fair in New York. So this is a once-in-a-lifetime event. The Milkmaid? I wonder if that's the original title. She looks more like a housewife preparing breakfast to me.


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