Girl with a Pearl Earring

Johannes Vermeerc. 1665 (digitized by Madpixel)


Den Haag, Netherlands

Girl with a Pearl Earring is Vermeer’s most famous painting. It is not a portrait, but a ‘tronie’ – a painting of an imaginary figure. Tronies depict a certain type or character; in this case a girl in exotic dress, wearing an oriental turban and an improbably large pearl in her ear.

Johannes Vermeer was the master of light. This is shown here in the softness of the girl’s face and the glimmers of light on her moist lips. And of course, the shining pearl.


  • Title: Girl with a Pearl Earring
  • Creator: Johannes Vermeer
  • Date Created: c. 1665 (digitized by Madpixel)
  • Physical Dimensions: 44.5 x 38.1 cm
  • Provenance: (?) Pieter Claesz van Ruijven, Delft, before 1674; (?) his widow, Maria de Knuijt, Delft, 1674-1681; (?) their daughter Magdalena van Ruijven, and Jacob Dissius, Delft, 1681-1682; (?) Jacob Dissius (with his father Abraham Dissius, 1685-1694), Delft, 1682-1695; Dissius sale, Amsterdam, 16 May 1696, lot 38 (f36,-), 39 (f17,-) or 40 (f17,-); Braams sale, The Hague, 1881 (day and month unknown) (f2,30 to Des Tombe); A.A. des Tombe, The Hague, 1881-1902 (on loan to the Mauritshuis in 1881); bequest of Arnoldus Andries des Tombe, The Hague, 1903
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: Gigapixel image digitized by Madpixel
  • Medium: Oil
  • Further Information: This image is part of Second Canvas Mauritshuis app

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