This will probably be the most significant show of Dutch art ever seen in San Francisco. Last year's Von Otterloo collection was very good but this is the ccrème de la crème of 17th century Dutch painting.
Rembrandt. Portrait of a man with a feathered beret.1635-1640
Jan Steen. "As the old sing, so twitter the young. " 1688
Van Beyeren. Bouquet Still Life. After 1655
Claesa. "Vanitas." 1630
van Honthorst, "The Violin Player," 1626
The exhibition features 35 paintings representing the range of subject matter and technique characteristic of 17th-century painting in the Dutch Republic. Among the works traveling to the United States is the Mauritshius' celebrated masterpiece Girl with a Pearl Earring 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. (naturally the museum hasn't released either image to the 3rd level press although I assume that Baker et al at the Chro will have access prior to the rest of us). All images from the de Young web site.
Cursory introduction from Wikipedia with images: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_Golden_Age_painting
Essays from Mark Harden's Archive (search by painter's name)
The Essential Vermeer: the definitive on-line site for all things Vermeer: http://www.essentialvermeer.com
"Girl with a Pearl Earring" opens January 26th