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Girl with a Pearl Earring is Vermeer’s most famous painting, forgotten until its rediscovery in the late nineteenth century. Today we consider the work as a masterpiece and even as the ‘Dutch Mona Lisa’.
However, this iconic masterpiece is not a portrait but a ‘tronie’ - a painting of an imaginary figure. Said to be inspired by a live model, Vermeer depicts idealised beauty with exotic trappings like the girl’s turban and an improbably large earring. Such effects make this painting exceptional and speak to the imagination. Did such beauty ever truly exist?
Unlike most of Vermeer’s paintings, Girl with a Pearl Earring has an unusually simple composition – without any hint of a setting, the focus is entirely on the subject. The thought provoking pose, with the girl turned to look over her shoulder combined with the intimacy of her gaze and her parted mouth as if to speak, draws viewers in and invites them to create their own narrative. Remembered as the ‘master of light’, Vermeer’s masterpiece is enticingly real with the girl’s luminous skin, glassy blue eyes and the shimmering pearl earring.
Girl with a Pearl Earring was not known before 1881, when it appeared at an auction held at the Venduehuis der Notarissen in The Hague. The art collector A.A. des Tombe bought the neglected painting for a mere two guilders, plus the buyer’s premium of thirty cents .
Vermeer’s painting was also the inspiration for the novel Girl with a Pearl Earring (1999) by Tracy Chevalier (1962). Adapted into a blockbuster screenplay in 2003, we follow the story of Griet, Chevalier’s fictional young servant and model for this Vermeer painting. Today, the beloved Girl with a Pearl Earring is one of the most popular highlights in the Mauritshuis collection in The Hague.
Much of Vermeer’s life is a mystery and there is no record of him having formal training, yet he is now recognized as one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age.
Johannes Vermeer’s (1632 - 1675) lived his entire life in Delft, and not much is known about his formal training, yet he is known as a master of light and left a legacy of thirty-six masterpieces.
Although many of Vermeer’s paintings were in prestigious collections and commanding high prices at auctions, he was largely overlooked by art historians for centuries as many of his paintings were attributed to other artists. Thanks to a French art critic, Thore, the world rediscovered Vermeer around 1850 and he is now recognized as one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age.
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