Saturday afternoon, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam I attended a wonderful performance of the Rustavi choir, a male choir from the Republic of Georgia. I had been looking forward to it, and it was even better than I expected. I used to buy and sell their records when I was the manager of a classical music shop some 10 years ago. And to paraphrase the man who provided a general introduction to Georgian musical culture, probably one of the only reasons why Georgia is suddenly of interest in the Netherlands is because the president of Georgia married a Dutch woman.
On Sunday I was invited to visit a recently opened exhibition of Michelangelo’s drawings at the Teylers museum in Haarlem, featuring 90 drawings of the master together for the first time. It was very enlightening. There were very few drawings of women, and when there was one, it looked like a man with breasts penciled in as an afterthought.