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Girl with a Pearl Earring

Johannes Vermeer, 1665

Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665 — Johannes Vermeer,

The Girl with a Pearl Earring has become one of the most well known paintings of the modern age. The mysterious girl is the subject of novels, she’s been played by Scarlett Johansson, and recreated as a Banksy mural — but we know nothing about the girl herself, and with good reason. The painting is what’s known as a Tronie, an idealized portrait designed to evoke an emotion rather than depict a specific person.

Submitted by Reed Enger

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