Girl with a Pearl Earring


The Girl with a Pearl Earring is universally recognized as one of Johannes Vermeer's absolute masterworks. After more than a century of study, the work still poses significant questions. Who was the sitter and was the painting even intended as a portrait? Why had it remained in complete obscurity until it was rediscovered in 1882 and sold for the price of a reproduction? Was it a part of a pendant? Did Vermeer sell the painting during his lifetime? Why was the original background a deep transparent green rather than the black we see today? Was the pearl a real one? What significance did the turban have? Which painting procedures did Vermeer employ? Which pigments did he use?


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GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING on extended tour

JAPAN - 2012

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
June 30-Sept. 17, 2012

City Museum Kobe,
October to December 2012


De Young - San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts
San Francisco
Jan 26 - June 2, 2013

High Museum of Art
June 22 - Sept. 29, 2013

Frick Collection
New York
Oct. 22, 2013 - Jan 12, 2014