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This exciting and intriguing painting received different names across the history of art, and many assumptions were made about who the girl was and why Vermeer painted such a significant piece of this muse. This painting is one of the most significant artworks of the Dutch Golden Age.
The painting shows a girl standing on her left-hand side and looking at the painter. Vermeer was known for being one of the great masters of light. In this painting, he creates a mysterious environment by placing the model against a completely dark background and no architectural details. While most of his pieces were set on a specific scenery, portraying his characters with an intimate relationship with the scene, the Girl with a Pearl Earring stands against nothingness and looks almost ethereal. In this section, the most striking details are cropped. The face of the girl and the headband are framed, leaving the pearl earring as a protagonist right in the middle.
Another interesting detail about this painting is that, when Vermeer used to paint most of his muses with fair pale skin, the Girl with a Pearl Earring looks ruddy and almost bronzed. The beautiful tones of beige and brown on her face are soft and round, and she has a very delicate complexion. Her dark piercing eyes are looking straight into the viewer. Her peaceful and impactful expression is one of the most astonishing characteristics of the painting. Her mouth is ajar and is colored with a red and peach palette. The light shines onto her from left to right, so the back part of her head fades into darkness.
Over her forehead, a thick and wide blue band frames her face, not letting any detail of her hair out. The pale blue fabric shows some texture and folds, creating a strong contrast with the shaded area. On top of this band, there is a yellow drapery that helps wrap her hair and falls over her shoulder. This fabric is also portrayed on a pale palette on a very light and soft shade of yellow, as well as being textured by the light and darkness. There is a little white collar showing from her outfit, but not many details are visible.
The pearl earring is shining bright, standing out in the middle of the darkness. It shows its perfect roundness, and it’s almost as if it was reflecting the rest of the scene, what led some researchers to suggest that the famous pearl earring was actually a polished metal piece.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Girl with a Pearl Earring (detail-2) c. 1665, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Girl with a Pearl Earring (detail-2) c. 1665 that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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