VERMEER AT MASTERLY MILAN
ON VIEW AT MASTERLY | THE DUTCH IN MILANO: THE GIRL WITH THE PEARL EARRING BY JOHANNES VERMEER
1665 - Mauritshuis Collection
Size 30 x 34 cm w x h - € 374 inc VAT / € 309 ex VAT
Krützmann Dutch frames 54 x 64 cm w x h - € 363,- incl. VAT / € 300,- ex.
Original: oil on canvas, w 39 cm x h 44,5 cm
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Painting: Muurmeester, The Girl with the Pearl Earring can be admired in the Mauritshuis in The Hague.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE PAINTING AND THE PAINTER
Girl with a Pearl Earring - Johannes Vermeer - 1665
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 customary to mention the models by name, they remained anonymous. None of Vermeer's models have been identified. Although evidence is lacking, Vermeer's daughter, then 12 or 13 years old, has been identified as the Girl with the Pearl Earring.
In the painting, we see a girl wearing a blue turban, a yellow cloth falling down. The colour of the drapery on her head contrasts sharply with the brown jacket and white collar. The 'pearl' immediately catches the eye. Given the size of this so-called pearl, it is most probably a lacquered glass earring. The models in the painting 'Girl with the red hat' and 'Girl with the flute' wear similar earrings.
With her uninhibited gaze, the girl with the pearl seems to want to make contact with her spectator. She seems 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 is part of the collection of the Mauritshuis in The Hague.
THE PAINTER JOHANNES VERMEER, 1632-1675
The life of John
Johannes Vermeer is one of the most famous painters of the 17th century and has a number of impressive masterpieces to his name. For a long time, however, this wonderful selection of paintings was attributed to others and Johannes Vermeer paintings received little or no recognition. It was not until the 1970s that Johannes Vermeer was rediscovered. Since then, 35 paintings have been recognised as "Vermeers".
Johannes Vermeer always lived and worked in Delft. As the son of a silk worker, he was, like his father, active in the art trade. Vermeer was possibly a pupil of fellow townsman Carel Fabritius. In 1653 Johannes Vermeer became a member of the artists' guild, of which he was head for many years.
The work of Vermeer
Johannes Vermeer distinguished himself as an artist with inimitable colour schemes, impressive light, subtle use of colour and perfect compositions. Vermeer favoured the use of ultramarine, lead yellow and expensive pigments. His work consists of timeless and subdued moments, genre pieces, allegories and townscapes, in which the influence of the Utrecht Caravaggists can be seen.
Vermeer's later work consists of interiors with one or more people, usually women. These are intimate genre paintings in which the main character is engaged in an everyday activity, usually by a window that lets in daylight. Vermeer was more skilled than anyone else in depicting the light falling on objects.