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Special Lecture | The Engaging Gaze: Portraiture from Leonardo to Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring, ca. 1665. Oil on canvas, 17 1/2 x 15 3/8 in. (44.5 x 39 cm). Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague, Bequest of Arnoldus des Tombe, 1903 (inv. no. 670)

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"The Engaging Gaze: Portraiture from Leonardo to Vermeer," Sunnie Evers

What transforms a painting into a celebrity?  Leonardo¹s Mona Lisa and Vermeer¹s Girl with a Pearl Earring each create a dynamic visual relationship that engages the viewer in a series of unanswered questions.

Sunnie Evers is a scholar, teacher, visiting lecturer, and fundraiser. She has over 15 years' experience working in education, teaching at Stanford, UC Berkeley, and Convent of the Sacred Heart High School. She is also involved with the boards of a variety of nonprofit institutions including San Francisco Ballet, Narrative Magazine, and Save Venice. She received her PhD from UC Berkeley in 1995 and has presented papers at scholarly conferences internationally on Veronese and his patrons.

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Public programs are free and open to the public.

General admission tickets are free April 19 for college students and faculty with ID. Admission to Girl With a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis and Rembrandt's Century require special exhibition tickets. Click the button below for online reservations, which must be purchased 24 hours in advance. Please call the museum at 415.750.3600 for on-site purchase availability.


Education programs for Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis are supported in part by a grant from The Netherland-America Foundation. The Fine Arts Museums’ Cultural Encounters programs are made possible through the generous support of The Hearst Foundations and The Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation. Thanks to our media sponsor the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

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