Let's figure it out: could it be that the earring in the famous 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' was not really a pearl?
This painting belongs to the most recognizable images of the modern culture. It leaves the viewer fascinated with beauty, technique, dramatic style, lighting, and a subtle feeling of the moment’s transience. Well, but why does the jewel in the girl’s ear look more like a silver one rather than a pearl? If it’s a pearl, why make it so big? Let’s try to figure it out.