Saturday, March 1, 2014
Saturday fun: Where is this?
Wherever he turns out to be, the scene made me think of Vermeer. There is such a calm, a poise to the Dutch master's subjects, intent on their sewing, their music, or just looking at the viewer with a "What did you expect?" expression. His Lady with a Pearl Earring became famous, but fame tends to diminish the power of an artwork, like sunlight fading a painting, so I'll offer up a less famous painting, for those unfamiliar with his work. You can see how I made the connection.
The photo offers a few hints of where he is. A public space, obviously. Somewhat newish. Like last Saturday's puzzle, 15 minutes from my house in Northbrook. Since last week's prize was a bust -- the winner never sent her address in to claim her poster -- we'll try for something perhaps better: a signed copy of my recent memoir, "You Were Never in Chicago." Or, if you have it already, you can have a poster instead. I'll also change the rules slightly -- instead of emailing in your answer, or posting it to Facebook, just tuck it below. Good luck.