Follow Our Journey: The Feast of Esther is Homesick

Lievens, The Feast of Esther, 52_9_55

Jan Lievens, The Feast of Esther, circa 1625–26, oil on canvas, 53 x 65 in., Purchased with funds from the State of North Carolina

Has there been a time in your life when you were so excited to go on vacation and then after a while were just ready to get back home? Well, that’s exactly how I was feeling. In October 2008, I embarked on a new and exciting journey—but now I am certainly ready to go home. Don’t get me wrong—I was thrilled to return to the homeland, visit new places, and see lots of interesting people, but North Carolina is where I belong.

Let me back up a bit and start at the beginning. I was hanging peacefully in my usual spot when my day was totally thrown into chaos. I was told that I was leaving for a trip, and for almost a year I have been traveling with an exhibition—Jan Lievens: A Dutch Master Rediscovered. My first stop was the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Then I made my way a bit west to the Milwaukee Art Museum. The last leg of my journey took me across the ocean to the Rembrandt House in Amsterdam. So many visitors looking at me and me looking out at new and different faces and spaces was a thrill. Now that the trip has come to an end, one of my caretakers from home has come to pick me up. She’ll travel with me the whole way and ensure my safe arrival in Raleigh.

Stay tuned…I’ll let you know how the journey home went.

This post is part of the series Follow Our Journey. Follow The Feast of Esther and six other works of art on the Big Move to the Museum’s new building.

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  1. By Rembrandt « The Thoughtful Trickster on November 13, 2011 at 11:49 am

    [...] similarities and reasons for the misattributions.  (Although there was one painting in particular, The Feast of Esther, that I don’t know how could ever have been thought to be Rembrandt.  I mean, really.  [...]

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