Making the best of a disastrous situation, we went to the 17th century Dutch Masters special exhibit. There were a large number of drawings and paintings with the highlight being a work entitled "Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Johannes Vermeer in 1665.
After getting a closeup look at many of these Dutch paintings and then wandering the rest of the gallery, I could finally appreciate the superiority of their technique. The eyes, nose and mouth were executed to a level of realism that simply could not be achieved by the other artists, while some of the other effects involving color and dynamic range would be extremely difficult to reproduce with photography.
The art at De Young Museum comes from all over the planet, but two items stood out for special notice that were both more than 100 years old. The first below is a representation of the Sioux Lakota Indian Sun Dance. The second is of Indians hunting the bison. The horse was first brought to America by the Europeans a century before the Dutch Masters were painting. From Fanny Kelly's book, the Indians used steel arrow heads sold to them by the English in Canada, and then there were pots and kettles sold to them by American traders.