Girl with a Pearl Earring
"Girl with a Pearl Earring" is an oil painting by Dutch Golden Age painter Johannes Vermeer.
The painting has been in the collection of the Mauritshuis in The Hague since 1902.
Original Painting di Jan Vermeer
On a dark background, a girl rotates her head three quarters towards the viewer, in favor of the light from the left. Although it may resemble the figures of muses or sibyls, the absence of any iconographic attribute prevents real identification.
The girl's face, soaked in light, shows a rare beauty: full red lips, a thin and straight nose, big and vivid eyes. The light of the pupils is then recalled by the earring with a large pearl, which shines on the penumbra of the neck. The pearl is painted using a few drops of drip, separated from each other.
The artist immediately captured the elusive expression, charged with an innocent languor. The dark background highlights the areas of light, with the color applied in thick and uniform brushstrokes, slightly blurred, except in the delicate complexion and in some areas where there are small points, as in the contour of the mouth.
The girl's gaze, a reflection of the soul, caught in a moment by the artist, is the heart of this mosaic reproduction. The shimmering reflections of the glazes make the expression of the young girl alive, who seems to speak to us, and guide us in the hidden beauty behind the eyes of a woman.
Venetian enamels and gold leaf mosaic.