Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Ve
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Who was the Girl with Pearl Earring?

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Portrait of an unknown girl, at bust-length, facing left, looking at the viewer. She is wearing a yellow and blue turban, a light brown coat, and an earring with a single pearl. We can view this painting as an example of a 'tronie', a common genre of the time depicting stock characters rather than any given individual of higher stature.
 
We don't really know who she is, even to this day, but the seductive characteristic here is that she somehow feels familiar to us. Vermeer paints her so we feel we know her because she is looking at us with such great intimacy. You can also see the motif of the shining pearl earring is repeated in her eyes if you look closely.
 
Throughout the centuries this work has gone by various names and it became known by its present title towards the end of the 20th-century. We have also nicknamed it the “Mona Lisa of the North,” as it's beginning to rival Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa masterpiece in terms of exposure.

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Who was the Girl with Pearl Earring?

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Ve
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Ve
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