‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ Gets Thorough Inspection but Mystery Still Surrounds SubjectBreaking News
tags: Museum, art history, Vermeer
Prying eyes are hoping to catch a revealing look at one of art’s most enigmatic subjects.
Even today, more than 350 years after Johannes Vermeer painted “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” researchers are still learning fascinating, new details regarding the masterpiece.
While art historians have been able to employ state-of-the-art imaging techniques to establish a more precise analysis of the artwork — often referred to as the "Dutch ‘Mona Lisa’” — its subject remains a mystery.
They also confirmed that the girl has eyelashes and was painted in front of a faded green curtain, reported The Associated Press.
“Who was the girl?” asked Martine Gosselink, the director of The Hague’s Mauritshuis museum which houses the painting on Tuesday. “Spoiler alert: No, sadly we didn’t find out who this young lady was and if she ever really existed. But we did get a little closer to her.”
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