Friday, October 7, 2011

Vermeer, Jan

Girl with a Pearl Earring
circa 1665
Oil on canvas
44.5 cm × 39 cm (17.5 in × 15 in)
Mauritshuis gallery in the Hague

Johannes, Jan or Johan Vermeer (1632 - 1675) was a Dutch painter who specialized in exquisite, domestic interior scenes of middle class life. Relatively little is known about his life. He was a moderately successful provincial genre painter in his lifetime. He seems never to have been particularly wealthy, leaving his wife and children in debt at his death, perhaps because he produced relatively few paintings.

The painting Girl with a Pearl Earring is one of Vermeer's masterworks and as the name implies, uses a pearl earring for a focal point. It is sometimes referred to as "the Mona Lisa of the North" or "the Dutch Mona Lisa".