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Jan Vermeer Van Delft’s mysterious painting Girl with a Pearl Earring, painted around 1665, is one of the most recognizable and enduring images in the history of art. Resonating with an enigmatic nonchalance, Vermeer’s figurative reproduction of a young girl catching the glance of the viewer has been hailed as the Mona Lisa of the north. The provenance of this particular work is shrouded in ambiguity, and the poor state of repair that this remarkable portrait has been in for much of its life hints that its magnificence was not properly understood until fairly recently. It’s magic not dented by the extensive restorations and visible cracks, Girl with a Pearl Earring is a sublimely vivid reproduction of a distant, almost exotic face peering out from a blanket of near-black. The three-dimensional effect is heightened by the plainness of the girl’s clothes and the simplicity of the colors used. This humble, humanising effect has been used to masterful effect by Vermeer and was a typical device of Dutch painting in the seventeenth century.
Its commonly established title emerges from the central focus point of a prominent pearl earring adoring the girl’s ear, luminous in the dark shadow of her neck. Argued by many to be a symbol of chastity, the composite ensemble of the girl’s costume is responsible for much of the mysterious allure. Her turbaned head is evidence of a fashion trend that endured for centuries across Christian Europe. Often at war with the neighbouring Ottoman Turks, the turban was worn by many women as an exotic, and perhaps provocative, accessory. The orientatized quality of the work is emphasised by the earring and the distant gaze of the sitter, embodied with masterful technique, composition, and balance. Vermeer’s contrasting reproduction from life is a symphony of precision, stark lines, and light.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Girl with a Pearl Earring 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 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.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
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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