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.
- 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.
- 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".
- 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.