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Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer, Mauritshuis, The Hague
Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer, Mauritshuis, The Hague

uploaded by: Jan Levinson

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Artwork: Girl with a Pearl Earring, c. 1665
            Collection of Mauritshuis, The Hague

This masterpiece is Vermeer's most famous painting. It's not a portrait, but a "tronie", a painting of an imaginary figure. tronies depict a certain type or character; in this case a girl in exotic dress, wearing an oriental turban and an improbably large pearl in her ear. Vermeer was the master of light. This is shown here in the softness of the girl's face and the glimmers of light on her moist lips. And of course, the shining pearl.

Author: Johannes Vermeer (1632 - 1675)

Technique: oil on canvas

Source of Information: Mauritshuis, The Hague, Netherlands

Author (source) of image: Personal archive

Recommended/Related links

http://www.exhibitiononscreen.com/en-uk/our-films/season-2/girl-pearl-earring

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/20/pearl-museum-vermeer-shines-dutch-icons-new-mauritshuis

https://www.mauritshuis.nl/en/discover/mauritshuis/masterpieces-from-the-mauritshuis/

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer, Mauritshuis, The Hague

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