Why is Vermeer's "Girl with the Pearl Earring" considered a masterpiece? - James Earle
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Though Vermeer has become a popular painter today, he was relatively unknown in his lifetime. Recently, however, there has been plenty of strong research and interesting documentaries including Tim’s Vermeer to expand our knowledge of Vermeer’s techniques. The Mauritshuis Museum also has plenty of resources to help your research as well.
Interested in the way an artist's composition impacts the painting’s meaning? TED Ed has an awesome lesson that will help! Watch this TED-Ed Lesson by James Earle and Christina Bozsik based on Las Meninas, or “The Maids of Honor.”
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If you seek the answer to this video's opening question on whether or not the girl with the pearl earring is turning toward or away from the view, you can watch this Amor Sciendi video that tackles this question.
Photograph of the Mauritshuis exterior was taken by Ronald Tilleman. It is part of the Mauritshuis collection, The Hague.
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