Girl with the Pearl Earring (c. 1665) - Dutch painter Johannes or Jan Vermeer, born 31/10/1632
This painting is a tronie, the Dutch 17th-century description of a 'head' that was not meant to be a portrait. It depicts a European girl wearing an exotic dress, an oriental turban, and an improbably large pearl earring. Arnoldus Andries des Tombe purchased the work at an auction in The Hague in 1881 in order to prevent it going abroad. He paid just only two guilders for it, the equivalent of about € 24 today. As Des Tombe had no heirs he donated it to the Mauritshuis art museum in 1902. In 2014, a Dutch astrophysicist raised doubts about the material of the earring and argued that it looks more like polished tin than pearl on the grounds of the specular reflection, the pear shape and the large size of the earring.
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