|The present-day de Young Museum. Thanks to San Francisco's penchant for |
destructive earthquakes, the museum is not architecturally troubled with
stylistic conflicts as are so many such art temples.
|This 1930s postcard view bears witness to the fact that the de Young once had wings, once had extensive ornamentation, and (for better or worse) once had earthquakes. |
Over time, the latter took care of the other two features.
|The de Young is modest in size, yet spacious in scale, functional in design, |
and simple in appearance. Future museums would do well to emulate it.
|Recreation, 1857, Jerome Thompson. Tennis, anyone?|
|Peaceable Kingdom, 1848, Edward Hicks|
(one of sixty nearly identical versions)
|The de Young at night.|