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High extending hours this weekend before ‘Girl With a Pearl’ departs

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

Atlanta’s date with Vermeer’s fetching “Girl With a Pearl Earring” will end this weekend. But the High Museum of Art is expanding hours, and even offering some discounts, through Sunday to give more Atlantans a chance to be in her mysterious presence.

Here is the expanded schedule:

  • 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Open late for “Thirsty Thursdays,” an extended happy hour with art. Half-price admission from 4 to 9 p.m.
  • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Half-price admission from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

While most are drawn for the rare opportunity to see Vermeer’s circa 1665 oil on canvas, “Girl With a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings From the Mauritshuis” contains 35 Dutch Golden Age paintings, including important works by Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Jan Steen.

They are drawn from the highly esteemed collection of the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, the museum-in-a-palace in The Hague, the Netherlands.

“Girl” hasn’t reached top 10 status in terms of High attendance, but the museum said it has helped make this summer the third-highest attended one there since in “Rings: Five Passions in World Art” in 1996.

Regular admission: $19.50; $16.50, students and seniors; $12, ages 6-17; free, 5 and younger. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-4200, www.high.org.

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