|Girl with a Pearl Earring, ca. 1665, Johannes Vermeer
|The painting, as seen today in the Mauritshuis Museum
(below) in The Hague.
|The Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague, Netherlands,
where Vermeer's masterpiece resides today.
|Girl with a Pearl Earring,
1999, Tracy Chevalier
Girl with a Pearl Earring is also a 1999 historical novel written by Tracy Chevalier. Set in 17th century Delft, Holland, the novel was inspired by Delft school painter Johannes Vermeer's painting Girl with a Pearl Earring (above, right). Chevalier presents a fictional account of Vermeer, the model, and the painting. The novel was adapted into a 2003 film of the same name and a 2008 play. When published in the United States in January 2000, the book became a New York Times bestseller, going on to sell over two million copies in thirty-six languages.
|Scarlett Johansson as Griet, the Girl with a Pearl Earring.
|The movie poster for
the 2003 film based
on the novel.
And finally, a 2014 mural by street artist, Banksy, was been painted on a wall in his home city of Bristol, England. The image, a parody of Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, was posted on his website. Girl with a Pierced Eardrum is painted on a building in Hanover Place in the city's Harbourside district. It incorporates an alarm box as the model's earring. The work was vandalized within 24-hours after its appearance with splotches of black paint (below).
|Girl with the Pierced Eardrum, 2014,
Banksy, Bristol, England.
|Girl with a Pearl Earring
the Barbie version, Mariel Clayton