Girl with a Pearl Earring

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Dr. Reza Kibria ::

Editor’s Choice: A Selection of Important Works of Art

This section introduces readers to a selection of great works of art, primarily paintings of the Western World. The works chosen include some personal favourites, others which are well-known or influential in some way and yet others representative of a particular school of art. The impact of a work of art is of course many times greater when the original is seen. If possible readers should try to visit the galleries and museums housing these priceless treasures
“Girl with a Pearl Earring”, Jan Vermeer, 1666, oil on canvas, 44.5x39 cm, Mauritshuis, The Hague

Jan Vermeer (1632-75) achieved only modest recognition in his lifetime. This is probably his best-loved painting, with delicate brushstrokes creating the glow of a translucent light shining on the young girl’s face. The elegantly balanced composition of subdued colors and lighting has influenced many generations of artists. The painting was in neglected condition until it was bought at an auction (for just 2 guilders) in 1881 and cleaned, when the signature became visible.