Discover the Girl with a Pearl Earring

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Discover the Girl with a Pearl Earring

Like a real international celebrity the ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ has just completed her world tour. Her popularity in Japan, Italy and the United States rose to unprecedented heights. We are happy to report it hasn’t changed her …

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Like a real international celebrity the ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ has just completed her world tour. Her popularity in Japan, Italy and the United States rose to unprecedented heights. We are happy to report it hasn’t changed her …

  • The original sale price of ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ was 1 euro.
  • Discover why Vermeer is also known as the ‘Master of light’.
  • Het ‘Meisje met de Parel’ trok tijdens haarIn the course of her world tour, ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ drew 2.2 million viewers from around the world. reis de afgelopen 2 jaar wereldwijd 2.2 miljoen bezoekers.

Today Girl with a Pearl Earring may be one of the most valuable and famous paintings in the world. In 1881 it was sold for around 1 euro. At an auction in The Hague, no one knew it as a Vermeer and it was acquired by an art connoisseur called Mr. des Tombe.

The signature was revealed during restoration work and the painting was found to be a real Vermeer, which the painter created around 1665. After his death, Des Tombe was found to have a secret testament, donating twelve paintings including ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ to the Mauritshuis.   

Who was the Girl with a Pearl Earring?

It will be a mystery forever since the painting is not a portrait but rather a so-called tronie, a fantasy or stock character. While no one has ever been able to identify Vermeer’s tronies, there is a rumour that his daughter Maria, who was twelve or thirteen years old at the time, may have been his model. No one really knows for sure …

© Mauritshuis, The Hague

Master of light

The highlights on her lips, the gleaming pearl that consists of just two brushstrokes: Vermeer was a magician with light in his paintings. He let the light fall from different angles and was able, better than any other artist, to bring his works to life.

© Mauritshuis, The Hague

An icon on world tour

While the Mauritshuis was being renovated, the world was introduced to ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’.

· For two years she travelled through countries like Japan, Italy and the United States like a real super star.
· In America she appeared on the front page of the New York Times. In Japan she was such an attraction that the exhibition drew the greatest amount of visitors ever in 2012. All in all, some
· 2.2 million people saw her.

Fortunately, her faintly surprised look shows us that all the fame in the world hasn’t changed her...

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