Girl With a Pearl Earringby Tracy Chevalier Jan Vermeer.Girl with a Pearl Earring. c.1665. Oil on canvas. Mauritshuis, the Hague, Netherlands.
The Author: Tracy Chevalier Born: 19 October 1962 in Washington, DC. Education: BA in English, Oberlin College, Ohio, 1984. MA in creative writing, University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, 1994.
Why did Chevalier write about the girl in Vermeer’s painting? • I have had a copy of that painting for a long time. I love it because it is so beautiful and mysterious. The expression on the girl’s face is ambiguous – sometimes she looks happy, sometimes sad, sometimes innocent, sometimes seductive. I was always curious about what she was thinking, and one day I wondered what Vermeer did to her to make her look like that. I began to understand that the painting is more than a picture of the girl, but also a portrait of the relationship between the painter and the model. I thought there must be a story behind her look, but when I found out that we don’t know who the model for the painting was, I realized I would have to make up the story myself. • http://www.ted.com/talks/tracy_chevalier_finding_the_story_inside_the_painting.html?utm_content=awesm-publisher&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=on.ted.com-static&utm_campaign=&awesm=on.ted.com_TChevalier
Genre = Historical Fiction A novel that re-creates a period or event in history and often uses historical figures as some of its characters.
Art in Vermeer’s Time • Known as “The Dutch Golden Age” • Painting was not considered an art, but a craftsmanship, a way to make a living.
Johannes (yo-haan) Vermeer, or Jan Vermeer, or Johannes van der Meer lived 1632 – 1677 lived in Delft, The Netherlands was one of the “Dutch Old Master” painters little is known about his life only a small number of his paintings have been preserved (31 known) a versatile catalog: painted portraits, landscapes, and everyday scenes or individuals or small groups Vermeer, the Painter~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Vermeer’s Technique~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ • choice & preparation of the support • inventing (drawing) • dead-coloring (underpainting) • working-up & retouching • glazing
THE CAMERA OBSCURA http://www.artbabble.org/video/ngadc/vermeer-master-light-camera-obscura-part-4
View of Delft Jan Vermeer.View of Delfi. c.1660-1661. Oil on canvas. Mauritshuis, the Hague, Netherlands. <http://www.abcgallery.com/V/vermeer/vermeer2.html>.
Woman With a Pearl Necklace Jan Vermeer.Woman with a Pearl Necklace. c.1664. Oil on canvas. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemaldegalerie, Berlin, Germany. <http://www.abcgallery.com/V/vermeer/vermeer23.html>.
The Milkmaid (Tanneke) Jan Vermeer.The Milkmaid. c.1658-1660. Oil on canvas. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands. <http://www.abcgallery.com/V/vermeer/vermeer27.html>.
Woman with a Water Jug Jan Vermeer.Woman with a Water Jug. c.1664-1665. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. National Gallery of Art. Web. 17 Oct. 2009.
The Girl With a Wine Glass Jan Vermeer.The Girl with a Wine Glass. c.1659-1660. Oil on canvas. Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Brunswick, Germany. < http://www.essentialvermeer.com/catalogue_xxl/wine_glass_xxl.html>.
Lady Writing a Letter Jan Vermeer.A Lady Writing. c.1665. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. National Gallery of Art. Web. 17 Oct. 2009.
The Concert Jan Vermeer.The Concert. c.1665-1666. Oil on canvas. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA, USA. <http://www.abcgallery.com/V/vermeer/vermeer11.html>.
Griet Vermeer and Griet look at colors in the clouds.
web sites worth your time… • “The Essential Vermeer” web site: http://essentialvermeer.20m.com/ • Tracy Chevalier’s official web page: http://www.tchevalier.com/gwape/index.html • The MauritsHuis – Museum at The Hague that houses much Dutch artwork, including Vermeer’s Girl With a Pearl Earring http://www.mauritshuis.nl/index.aspx?Chapterid=2295