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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Art Work: The Girl With A Pearl Earring

Portrait - The Girl With A Pearl Earring (after Vermeer, c. 1665)

Medium:  Soft Pastels

Portraits done after the Great Masters are done for my learning experience only.  

It is possible that this painting by Vermeer is a portrait, in which the subject sat for Vermeer.  The girl is wearing an exotic turban, and the way she is gazing at us dreamily over her shoulder copies a style of portrait which was introduced by Titian's "Ariosto".  This girl is seen against a neutral, dark background, very nearly black, which establishes a powerful three-dimensionality of effect - a process recommended by Leonardo da Vinci.  

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