Hague Bucket List, Item #1

We found out earlier this week that the Dutch painting with which we’re all most familiar is only going to be here in the Hague for the rest of this week, and it happens to be at the museum that’s between my apartment and the ICTY. As a result, we took a little field trip today during lunch to go see Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer.

I’ve seen the movie and read the book about two months ago. Seeing the painting was, unsurprisingly, a bit anticlimactic. It’s about two feet tall, and were it not for the book and movie, it’s not the kind of thing I would have paid any attention to had I just happened to pass it in a gallery. Still, it’s always cool to see something famous like this, and it’s a good warm-up for when I finally get to Paris this summer and see the Mona Lisa.

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