- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 1, 2004

For years, the National Gallery of Art has fed Washingtonians a rich cornucopia of Dutch art from its 17th century golden age by such painters as Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals , Jan Steen and Albert Culp, among others. Now, it’s featuring Gerard Ter Borch — one of the best — in the first exhibit of his work in America . Holland was the foremost maritime power in Europe at the time, and the rich Dutch burghers had money for portraits of themselves. Influenced both by the art of the Spaniard Velasquez and Englishman Anthony Van Dyck —seen during extensive European travels — Ter Borch first portrayed his Dutch sitters dressed in black a la Velasquez, then depicted beautiful Dutch women in gorgeous silks and satins.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The Washington Jewish Film Festival returns for 10 days of programming at half a dozen participating sites. Home base for the 15th annual showcase is the Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater at the Washington, D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. The Argentinian film “Lost Embrace” begins the festival tonight. An Italian-made biographical drama, “Modigliani,” starring Andy Garcia, concludes the programming on Dec. 12. Highlights include Josh Kornbluth’s frequently inspired one-man show, “Red Diaper Baby,” a mischievous selection for the first night of Hanukkah, Dec. 7. Its strongest suit is sexual confession and slapstick rather than political nostalgia. Tickets for most evening performances are priced at $9. Matinee admissions (before 6 p.m.) are reduced to $6. 202/777-3248. The festival Web site is www.wjff.org.

— Gary Arnold

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