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  1. Michael Gildea
    June 23, 2015 @ 8:31 pm

    Meow.

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  2. Anja Schoenbeck
    July 8, 2015 @ 5:45 pm

    A Vermeer in San Diego is a rare treat indeed, and it was a treat to see the work. And exquisite it is, as Vermeers are! Cannot agree with Mr. Cavanaugh, though, regarding his praise of it as one of the finest Vermeers. Having seen a dozen or more around USA and Europe, I would not call this a major piece.
    However, I thoroughly agree with Mr. Cavanaugh regarding the way the work is displayed. The didactics are just superficial and void of any serious or helpful insight. To bring in the “Tulip Mania” and a tulipiere seemed pandering and irrelevant. There is plenty of wall space in the Timken’s “show-room” to create an appropriate and interesting display regarding Vermeer, his history and the environment in which he worked. Instead, we have distraction…Mr. Cavanaugh even having overheard bong-conversations from the viewers regarding the tulipiere! Professional curatorship clearly would have been helpful, particularly in face of the apparent ignorance of some viewers! All in all, I do appreciate Mr. Cavanaugh’s article -overly thorough as it may be- but it still helped me to focus on the fine points of the piece itself. Also, it certainly contained more information about Vermeer than I could have garnered from the didactics…

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  3. Geoffrey Clow
    July 9, 2015 @ 8:23 pm

    Thank you — for the interesting reading, for the reactions that it elicited from 1-1/2 previous commenters (meow ;), for inducing me to return to the Timken after too many years’ absence, and most of all: for many salient points to consider as I stood in front of a masterpiece. Our morning at the Timken was delightful.

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  4. Kraig Cavanaugh Kraig Cavanaugh
    July 10, 2015 @ 11:50 pm

    Thank you, Mr. Clow! I hope my review allowed you to better see and comprehend a great painting but also understand the overall oddly contextualized “Vermeer” exhibition as a whole. The Timken’s exhibitions have never let me down before and I perceive this to be an extreme erratum.

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  5. Kraig Cavanaugh Kraig Cavanaugh
    July 11, 2015 @ 12:55 am

    Thank you Ms. Schoenbeck for your feedback. I was considering the painting as an entire Vermeer composition. There are indeed several more enjoyable paintings by the northern baroque master, but many of his earlier works are less enjoyable and several are just heads instead of entire compositions. Of the fourteen Vermeer paintings that I have personally seen, the painting currently on display at the Timken Museum of Art is, in my mind, in the “better than most category” category. There are certainly better ones in Europe, but there are only three currently in the USA, in my humble opinion, that are on par or surpass this delightful visitor from the Rijksmuseum.

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