I’ve always loved Vermeer‘s painting Girl With the Pearl Earring. I happened to catch a portion of an interesting segment on NPR this morning about the painting and I want to share it. The painting, sometimes called the “Mona Lisa of the North”, is being showcased at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco from January 26 to June 2, 2013. Mystery has always shrouded the painting. Art lovers have speculated for years wondering the origin of the girl and any specific details surrounding the painting. Since little is known about Vermeer and his muse for the painting, art lovers and critics alike have concocted their own version of the story.
The Guardian, a newspaper based in the UK, asked its readers to write in with there favorite story of who the girl is in the painting. They have posted the top 25 stories on their website. It’s worth taking a look. Meanwhile I think I’ll check out the movie and maybe re-read the book by Tracy Chevalier. While I’m doing that, I wanted to ask – “What’s your story on the painting. What do you believe the story is about Vermeer and The Girl With the Pearl Earring?”