It is as if someone just called her name. She turns to see who it was and catches our eye. She has just opened her mouth as if to say something. This painting of a very pretty, young girl has become one of the most famous pictures in the world. Yet we don’t know anything about her. We have no idea who she is, despite the popular book and movie based on the painting we must admit we just don’t know. Nowadays it is often called a ‘tronie’. That is a Dutch word used for paintings that were of faces but not really portraits. They usually show faces that are in some way remarkable, but I don’t know of any other ‘tronie’ that can be considered pretty. But there is a good reason to think of it as a ‘tronie’. The inventory of Vermeers only known client listed two ‘tronies’ in oriental costume. This could very well be one of them. But what is it that makes her so much more than just a pretty face? First, there is this suggestion of movement I mentioned before. And second, Vermeer used all the tricks in the book to make her attractive. Her lips, slightly parted, are just a shade more red than is usual, and they are wet, giving them a hint of sensuality. Her eyes are quite large, which helps to make her look cute. But she also has large pupils. That, and her red lips, give us a subliminal cue that she is excited in some way. Maybe Vermeer just made her up, it is not impossible. Or maybe we can all be thankful that Scarlett Johansson took some time out of her busy schedule to work as a maid in the Vermeer household.
The Girl with the Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer, ca.1665, Mauritshuis, Den Haag. .
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The reason I’m having this sale is because I have a tone of new ideas and techniques I want to try out.
Each person will get a completely different theme/story that’s tailored to them.
I’m only opening 3slot for each size‼️
16in by 20in- $150
24in by 30in - $300
Terms: I have full creative control, but can insure that all art will be respectful and have the desired faces true to photo! 🎨
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