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Title: Girl with a Pearl Earring c1665


1
Girl with a Pearl Earringc1665
  • Johannes Vermeer
  • 1632-1675

2
How do art works become famous?
  • The quality of the painting itself Vermeer is
    seen as one of the best artists of his time
  • Another way is through scarcity only 34
    paintings have been authenticated as being by
    Vermeer
  • Some art works, artists and periods have been
    written about frequently where others have not.
    What reasons might there be for this?

3
And in the case of this painting..
4
  • a book and a film which focus on the work,
    contribute to its being so well known.

5
  • Paintings which share particular subject
    matter/style/purpose are often grouped.
  • What groupings or categories of paintings can you
    think of?

6
What category might this painting fit into?
  • What might be the purpose of this work?
  • Consider the title as a clue.

7
  • Could it be a portrait?
  • What well-known portraits do you know?
  • What are the characteristics of a portrait?
  • Does this work fit them?

8
  • It is what is known as a genre painting in
    art, this would be of some phase of everyday life
    eg domestic interiors, village scenes etc

9
  • This, then, is a generic painting of a head, for
    the viewers delight.
  • Such paintings often involve some theatricality
    here, for example, the subject wears a
    turban-type headdress which would not have been
    the norm for a young Dutch girl whose headdress
    would have been much more modest and plain.

10
  • The subject makes eye-contact with the viewer.
    What effect does this create?
  • Commentators have said there is a sense of
    immediacy in this work. How is this created?

11
  • What effect does the dark background create?
  • What direction does the light in the work come
    from? How can you tell?
  • What effect does this directional type of
    lighting create? If it had been lit more
    brightly, how would the effect have changed?

12
  • What can you say about the way the paint has been
    applied (the brushwork) and the effect this
    creates?
  • Note
  • the craquelure (network of fine cracks) is the
    result of shrinkage of paint and ground over time

13
  • Why do you think the painter has added the pearl
    earring?

14
A useful mnemonic for art analysis
  • PC FILMS
  • P - paint application/purpose
  • C - colour
  • F - form
  • I - influences
  • L - light/line
  • M - medium/method
  • S - space
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