This morning Cal and I split a bagel and a banana in the South Station, then took the train to the Museum of Fine Arts, where there was a lovely crowd waiting for the doors to open at ten. Before we even got in the door, I was struck by Cyrus Edwin Dallin’s Appeal to the Great Spirit.



Once inside a museum, I’m generally only good for an hour. And that was time enough to meander through the exhibit on Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer, where this small painting by Pieter de Hooch captivated me–the two adjoining spaces, the inside/outside, the two different narratives going on at the same time, the way nature is encroaching into the courtyard, the abandoned broom, the different brickwork, the distressed state of the courtyard brick, the open door into perhaps a storage area, the shutter on the other side to a window we can’t see, the fact that we can’t see what the woman inside is looking at, the blue sky that connects them…

Pieter de Hooch The Courtyard of a House in Delft

The Courtyard of a House in Delft


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