Girl with a Turban
Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring, c. 1665
The Girl with a Pearl Earring was originally titled Girl with a Turban and it wasn’t until the second half of the twentieth century that the name was changed. Regarded as Vermeer’s masterpiece, this canvas is often referred to as the Mona Lisa of the North or the Dutch Mona Lisa. The girl in this painting is believed to be Vermeer’s eldest daughter, Maria, who was about twelve or thirteen-years-old at the time it was created. Her facial features appear in several of Vermeer’s works but his various techniques on his subject make it difficult to compare the female faces in his paintings, as the woman are portrayed in different lighting conditions and poses.With this painting the viewer is captured by the subject and believes they have caught her attention and caused her to turn her head. This is a sensual painting with the girl gazing at the viewer with wide eyes and a parted mouth and there is an air of mystery surrounding her identity.
There is very little information about the Girl with a Pearl Earring. It’s signed “IVMeer” but there is no date on this work. It remains unknown whether or not this canvas was commissioned and if so, by whom.
Pearl or No Pearl, that’s the question
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