Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer
The Girl with a Pearl Earring is a so-called ‘tronie’, a remarkable study of a face, character or facial expression. This genre became popular in the 17th century through the work of Rembrandt van Rijn. In those days it was not common to name the models, they stayed anonymous. None of the models of Vermeer is identified. Although evidence is lacking, Vermeer’s daughter, 12 or 13 years old then, is appointed as the Girl with a Pearl Earring.
In the painting we can see a girl with a blue turban, a yellow cloth falling down. The colour of the drapery on her head is in strong contrast with the brown jacket and white collar. The ‘pearl’ catches the eye immediately. Considering the size of this so called pearl it most likely is a lacquered earring made of glass. The models in the painting ‘Girl with the red hat ‘and ‘Girl with a flute’ use similar earrings.
With her unprejudiced look, the girl with a pearl earring seems to want to get in contact with her spectator. She appears to be surprised. As if she wants to say something with her half opened mouth. Her moist, red painted lips are sensual.
This masterpiece by Johannes Vermeer can be seen in the Mauritshuis in The Hague.
Read more about the life and work of Johannes on his paintings page.
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