Girl in the Spotlight: new research into Vermeer’s "Girl with a Pearl Earring"
On Monday 26 February 2018, the Mauritshuis museum in the Hague, The Netherlands, launches the "Girl in the Spotlight": an in-depth non-invasive technical examination of the "Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Johannes Vermeer. The research will take two weeks until Sunday 11 March 2018, and will be conducted 24 hours a day in a climate-controlled glass room in public.
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.
A third of Vermeer's surviving oeuvre is on display at the Louvre
One of the most anticipated exhibitions of 2017 begins its world tour from Paris. The display Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting is about to open at the Musée du Louvre . It comprises 12 paintings by the Delft master which is a third part of the artist's surviving oeuvre. Last time such a landmark retrospective of Johannes Vermeer took place half a century ago.
All shades of blue
Any color is good if used by a master. Now we accept opulent colors in painting as typical, though the same technique has not always been applied. It was not long since beautiful blue has become appreciated in the iconography. Let's examine all hues of blue from its symbolic point of view.