Friday, December 23, 2011

Girl With A Pearl Earring

Saw this painting years back in an encyclopedia and fell in love with it. The GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING (Dutch: Het Meisje met de Parel ) is the best known work of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. Take a  look at the painting-
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Today kept in the Mauritshuis gallery in the Hague. It is sometimes referred to as "the Mona Lisa of the North" or "the Dutch Mona Lisa". Understandably, the central focal point of the painting is the pearl earring.

Dear Opal of Girl With a Pearl Earring has named her blog after this famous painting,very apt title,I would say :D

There was a film made in 2003 by the same name.
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 I had to see this film for 2 reasons-
1) The name is what made me see it in the first place
2) It has 2 of my very favorite actors- Scarlett Johansson as the maid girl in the painting and Colin Firth as painter Johannes Vermeer.
There is a very beautiful scene in this film,the part when Firth uses a needle to pierce Johansson's ear. What I loved about the scene is how the director and the actors have unitedly proved that you don't need nudity or vulgarity to bring sensuality to any scene. 

Take a look at how Scarlett Johansson looked when posing for the painting as Griet,the maid servant who is the model for the painting-

Did you see the painting before or did you see the movie and did you like it??
Would love to know from you :)

Till next


  1. I haven't seen it but would definitely like to!


  2. I knew about the painting but not about the movie.. *goes to nearest DVD shop*

  3. watch it,am sure u'll like it :)
    @Leia_ DO watch it!!
    @thePURPLEspirit_go fast fast fast & tell me after you watch it :D

  4. I did not know about the painting and neither about the movie :(
    Its a beautiful painting and I am immediately downloading the movie :) :)


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