Jan Vermeer van Delft:
Picture "Girl with a Pearl Earring" (1665), framed
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Picture "Girl with a Pearl Earring" (1665), framed
Jan Vermeer van Delft:
Picture "Girl with a Pearl Earring" (1665), framed

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ars mundi Exclusive Edition | limited, 980 copies | numbered | certificate | reproduction, Giclée print on canvas | on stretcher frame | framed | size 67.5 x 57.5 cm (h/w)

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Picture "Girl with a Pearl Earring" (1665), framed
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Picture "Girl with a Pearl Earring" (1665), framed

The most popular picture by Jan Vermeer is the portrait "The Girl with a Pearl Earring", painted around 1665. This fame is mainly due to the picture's modern appeal: the girl is depicted at close range, without narrative attributes. She interacts with the viewers by looking directly at them and keeping her mouth slightly open. Vermeer painted the girl's clothing with almost pure colours. Particularly striking is the pearl earring, which reflects the sparkle of the girl's eyes. It is still unknown who the depicted girl is - perhaps the maid Griet, as described in Tracy Chevalier's novel of the same name. In 2003, the book was made into a film by the British film director Peter Webber and was even nominated for three Oscars.
Original: 1665, oil on canvas, 44.5 x 39 cm, Mauritshuis Museum Den Haag.

Fine Art Giclée edition transferred directly onto artist's canvas and stretched on a stretcher frame. Limited edition of 980 copies, numbered, with certificate. Framed in a handmade, golden solid wood frame. Size 67.5 x 57.5 cm (h/w). ars mundi Exclusive Edition.

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About Jan Vermeer van Delft

Jan Vermeer is one of the most important Dutch painters of the Baroque period. He was baptised on 31 October 1632 in Delft and buried there on 15 December 1675. As there was no school of painting in Delft at that time, the son of a silk weaver, art dealer and innkeeper was trained as a craftsman. His admission to the Delft Guild of St. Luke in 1650 testifies to his activity as a master painter. Only 37 of his paintings have survived to this day. His main theme was genre painting, as there are only a few portraits or religious paintings in his œuvre.

The interior views radiate silence, security and inner peace. The painter from Delft was able to achieve these effects with subtle colour harmonies and refined shadows. He was also a master of the photographic perspective. The genre paintings show few figurative scenes, to which symbolic content is often attributed.

A special mention should be given to Vermeer's Delft City View of 1661, whose naturalism testifies to a high level of mastery. In addition, "The Girl with the Pearl Earring" became the epitome of beauty and grace. For the painter, it was a challenge to bring the viewer into contact with the model. The young woman's eye contact skilfully establishes a connection, but at the same time achieves distance again through the body that is turned away. Many generations of art lovers have rightly been fascinated by the extraordinary expression of this painting.

Vermeer strove for perfection in his painting, which is why he often produced just four paintings a year. As a result, the father of eleven children struggled with financial hardship, which increased during the last years of his life. Right after his death, Jan Vermeer fell into oblivion. It was not until the middle of the 19th-century that people learned to appreciate the quality of his paintings.

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