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[[caption-width-right:250:Johannes Vermeer's masterpiece]]

! The Painting (1665)
The painting Girl with a Pearl Earring (Dutch: ''Het Meisje met de Parel'') is one of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer's masterworks and as the name implies, uses a pearl earring for a focal point. The painting is in The Mauritshuis museum in The Hague. It is sometimes referred to as "The Dutch Mona Lisa". Created in 1665, it is one of a handful of Vermeer's works that have survived. In 1994, it underwent a restoration, which brought out many subtle colors and overtones. Vermeer was known to use expensive pigments in his paintings, and ultimately died in debt.


The painting has been subject to many {{Shout Out}}s, including novels, an opera and even ''[[TotalDrama Total Drama World Tour]]''.

! The Book (1999)
Tracy Chevalier wrote a historical novel, also entitled ''Literature/GirlWithAPearlEarring'' (1999), fictionalizing the circumstances of the painting's creation. In the novel, Johannes Vermeer becomes close with a fictional servant named Griet, whom he hires as an assistant and has sit for him as a painting model while wearing one of his wife's pearl earrings. The novel inspired the 2003 film and a 2008 play of the same name. The novel sold over two million copies in thirty-six languages.

! The Film (2003)
Directed by Peter Webber, [[Film/GirlWithAPearlEarring the film]] garnered numerous awards both in the States and abroad. They include three Academy Award nominations, a Best Photography Oscar, and two Golden Globes for Best Actress and Best Score. In England, it won a London Critics Circle Film Award and a British Independent Film Award, both for Best Actress.
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! EXAMPLES
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* PersonWithTheClothing
* WhatBeautifulEyes: One of the most striking features of the painting, it is played up as plot in the other AdaptationDistillation genres.
** Griet's eyes from Tracy Chevalier's book appear to have an entrancing affect on a few characters, all who say something along the lines of: "You have very wide eyes." They're given a lot of attention in the book, also being described as "quite luminous", like "liquid were spilling into them".
** In the movie version, Creator/ScarlettJohansson plays Griet, and her bright green eyes are shown often in close up. They really are very beautiful eyes, to be honest.
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* ArtImitatesArt: In Cycle 5 of ''Series/AmericasNextTopModel'', when there were five contestants left, the challenge was to recreate a classic work of art, one of which was the painting.
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