The Girl with a Pearl Earring
Johannes Vermeer
The Girl with a Pearl Earring
Johannes Vermeer (Dutch; Baroque, Dutch Golden Age, 1632-1675): The Girl with a Pearl Earring, c. 1665. Oil on canvas, 46.5 x 40 cm. Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague, Netherlands.



"During a tantalizing and temporary convergence, nearly 40 percent of all known Vermeers are on view on the Eastern Seaboard, resulting in an influx of Dutch art lovers."

Read more ("For Fervent Fans of the Dutch Masters, ‘It’s a Dream Come True’" — New York Times): http://nyti.ms/181BkON



'This familiar image is not a portrait (documentary likeness of a specific individual) but an altogether different sort of picture known in Dutch as a tronie. This term encompasses close-up images of established character types—the jolly fisherman, the saucy servant girl—as well as faces displaying strong emotion or otherwise lost in thought, including well-known examples of the genre by Rembrandt and Jan Lievens. The Flemish artist Michael Sweerts (1618-1664) specialized in tronies of young male or female sitters with faraway expressions, posed against dark backgrounds, and given that "Girl with a Pearl Earring" takes more or less the same approach, it seems likely that Vermeer knew Sweerts's work ...' (Jonathan Lopez, Editor at large of Art and Antiques; online.wsj.com)

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"With Rembrandt and Frans Hals, Vermeer ranks among the most admired of all Dutch artists, but he was much less well known in his own day and remained relatively obscure until the end of the nineteenth century. The main reason for this is that he produced a small number of pictures, perhaps about forty-five (of which thirty-six are known today) ..."

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"Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis" Exhibition from October 22, 2013 to January 19, 2014.

Read more: http://www.frick.org/exhibitions/mauritshuis