Girl with a Pearl Earring - Johannes Vermeer
Girl with a Pearl Earring is a painting from 1665-1667 by the Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. In recent years, Girl with a Pearl Earring has become Vermeer's most beloved painting. The work is in the possession of the Mauritshuis in The Hague. None of Vermeer's models have ever been identified and this also applies to this girl. A possible candidate is his oldest daughter Maria, who was twelve, thirteen years old at that time.
The girl pictured wears a blue turban with a yellow, falling cloth. The head covering contrasts with the brownish yellow jacket with the white collar. The pearl stands out, a grand creation of glow lights and shadows and frayed edges. With two strokes of paint Vermeer gave a bright light accent to the top left and a reflection of her white collar at the bottom. Given its size, it is more a glass, lacquered 'drop earring' than a natural pearl. It seems as if the girl, with her uninhibited gaze, seeks direct contact with the viewer, as if she has been surprised by him. With her mouth half open, she gives the impression that she wants to say something. Her moist, extra-red lips give her a sensual look.