February 16, 2013 |
Guards accompany them when they travel. Crowds flock to them when they arrive. Johannes Vermeer's exquisite paintings of young women in gleaming domestic settings are the vigilantly watched and amply insured celebrities of the museum world, promising not only a glimpse of extraordinary beauty but big crowds as well. Now two of Vermeer's luminous women are making rare appearances in California. PHOTOS: Arts & culture by The Times "Girl With a Pearl Earring" from 1665, a popular painting even before the Tracy Chevalier novel and Scarlett Johansson movie of the same name, went on display last month at the De Young Museum in San Francisco.
October 27, 2011
Amy Winehouse drank herself to death. The soul diva who had Grammy-winning songs and fans around the world died with empty vodka bottles in her room and lethal amounts of alcohol in her blood — more than five times the British drunk driving limit, a coroner ruled Wednesday. Coroner Suzanne Greenaway gave a verdict of "death by misadventure," saying the singer died of accidental alcohol poisoning when she resumed drinking after weeks of abstinence. The 27-year-old singer, who had fought a very public battle with drug and alcohol problems for years, was found dead in bed July 23 at her London home.
October 9, 2010 |
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February 1, 2007 |
Amsterdam's renowned Rijksmuseum, home to some of the most famous works by Rembrandt and other Dutch masters and which is undergoing restoration, will not reopen until 2010, two years later than planned. The need for extra building permits after some initial designs had been modified caused the delay, the Dutch culture ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. From Reuters * FINALLY Anniversary: David Letterman will celebrate his 25th anniversary as a late-night TV host on tonight's "Late Show."
December 12, 2003 |
Rembrandt's 17th century masterpiece "The Nightwatch" moved from the heart of Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum for the first time since World War II Thursday to make way for major renovations to the building. The museum's most famous painting, depicting Amsterdam's civic guard, was packed in wood paneling with a protective cover -- including sensors to monitor temperature, humidity and vibrations -- and moved from the main building to an adjoining wing. It can still be seen by the public.
May 1, 2003 |
The Rijksmuseum, one of Amsterdam's biggest tourist attractions, has been closed indefinitely because of an asbestos scare, BBC News reports. Museum officials said there was only a small risk to the public, but they were shutting down as a precautionary measure. They said the potentially lethal insulation material had been found during an inspection by the national buildings service.