Girl with a Pearl Earring is an oil painting by 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. It is a tronie of a girl with a headscarf and a pearl earring. The painting has been in the collection of the Mauritshuis in The Hague since 1902. Source [WikiPedia] Girl Pearl Earring facts
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- No one knows the identity of the girl
Some scholars has estimated that the painting was completed in 1665. This painting is an example of a type of work called a “tronie”. It was popular in the Dutch Golden Age, tronies usually were paintings that focused on the face of a subject with an added element of fantasy or an exaggeration of expression that differentiates them from portraits.
- Girl could be Vermeer’s Daughter
Journalists Lawrence Weschler and Jean-Louis Vaudoyer have proposed that the lovely girl who sat for Vermeer was in fact the eldest of his 10 children, Maria. She might also be the model in Art of Painting and Young Woman with a Pearl Necklace.
- Its not name isn’t “Girl with the pearl earring
This masterpiece has several other names such as Head Of Girl In A Turban, Girl In A Turban, Head of a Young Girl and The Young Girl With Turban
- This painting also got a nickname
“Mona Lisa of the North.” is the nickname normally used for this painting. This is partially because of the girl’s curious expression, and in part because of the mystery surrounding the piece itself.
- Vermeer might have used the same earring in another Painting
- The pearl used probably wasnt real
In December of 2014, Vincent Icke, a professor of Theoretical Astronomy, wrote in New Scientist that the light reflecting off the earring in Girl with a Pearl Earring wouldn’t match that of an actual pearl.
- Paintings black background was once green
Modern restorations of the painting found trace amounts of indigo and weld, a glaze mixture that would have made the dark under painting glisten. Over the centuries, pigments in the glaze have broken down to change the painting’s color.
- This masterpiece will never leave home again
In recent years, The Mauritshuis loaned Girl with a Pearl Earring to Japan, Italy and the United States for exhibitions. But once this tour concluded in July of 2014, the museum announced the painting would stay in their collection within their walls indefinitely. And so Girl with a Pearl Earringjoined the ranks of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Picasso’s Guernica, and Les Demoiselles d’Avignon as works sworn to stay safe in their home museums for all time.