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Art / Girl with a Pearl Earring

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Johannes Vermeer's masterpiece

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-Outs, including novels, an opera and even Total Drama World Tour.


Tropes Attached to This Painting:

  • Art Imitates Art: In Cycle 5 of America's Next Top Model, when there were five contestants left, the challenge was to recreate a classic work of art, one of which was the painting.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Like it says, it's a painting of a girl with a pearl earring.
  • Person with the Clothing: The distinguished feature of the painting is the pearl earring that the girl is wearing and which is faced towards the viewer.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis: To people who have read or seen Girl with a Pearl Earring this work is often their first introduction to Vermeer's art.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: One of the most striking features of the painting, it is played up as plot in the other Adaptation Distillation 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".
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    • In the movie version, Scarlett Johansson 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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