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Old 06-01-2003, 12:41 AM
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you've made her more gorgeous ..
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How in heck did you get done so fast .. this is great.
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Old 06-01-2003, 12:43 AM
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Bev .. it's looking good don't over do it .. work on other things when you get stuck and then come back to the problem area and see it in a new light ..
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Oh so beautiful ..............and beautifully painted.
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Old 06-01-2003, 01:45 AM
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so glad to have 'your' girl here Bev She's looking great too.
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Old 06-01-2003, 01:49 AM
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Pastelist, no worries Wish I DID paint like Ruth!

Tina, I see very fair eyebrows. In fact, if I didn't pencil mine or dye them mine would look non-existant too, they are so fair.

I wonder if the turban was a fashion of the day? One of my books suggests that she might have been Vermeer's daughter.

I now want to read the novel again ..............
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Oh.... way cool being able to compare all these gals & people's interpetations!! Myself I will go for that rather than an exact likeness.
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If anyone would like to see one of the better reproductions of this painting it is here

The eyebrows - it's possible that there may have been more information in the eyebrows long ago where now time has made some touches of transparent paint fade to nearly nothing. Though I would think that Vermeer made a conscious decision to underplay the structure of eyebrow hair on such a youthful and innocent face.

Tina, your found meaning is correct - interpretation is all about what we individually bring to a work of art.
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Old 06-01-2003, 10:31 AM
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It can be mentioned as well that the background originally had a coat of a greenish glaze, probably a mixture of Indigo and lead-yellow. This has vanished over the years.

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bev..hi!..i like the feeling the colors give...nice choice!...i can feel a part of you touching me in this one....her expression is an interesting one through all the takes on this painting..peace tokyojef
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Old 06-02-2003, 01:07 AM
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Thanks for your comments, tokyojef. I have reworked the face, which I posted to my wip thread down the board. This has been a real challenge for me, and a very interesting one at that.

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Thank you Lulu and Wayne for your generous comments on my progress entry.

Even though I ripped the canvas and had put it aside, this project has inspired me to finish it as best as I can. I will go back and make the corrections I need. It was my first and only attempt at portrait painting.

Vermeer has always been one of my favorite painters even though I rarely ( 3 times in last 10 years ) use oils. I have had the privledge of seeing a handful of his works in person. What is so striking is how tiny they are to contain such a mastery of light and detail.

Thanks for looking and commenting.

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Could it have been the fashion to remove eyebrows at that time?? I've seen other Dutch paintings where the women have no eyebrows.

I think the artist (Her father?) perhaps called her and she looked over her shoulder at him. Which one of us girls hasn't looked at her dad sweetly like that??

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Hello from The Netherlands,

"The Girl With the Pearl Earing" resides here, in The Hague ( Den Haag). It's as beautiful as you can imagine!

Regarding Who the girl might be?:

There has been speculation that she might be Vermeer's daughter Maria, but unfortunately, Maria would have been much older than the girl in the painting at the time the portrait was done. So, most likely she was just a model and not a relation.

Regarding the Headress ( aka turban):

Like Rembrandt ( whose collection of exotic things was enormous, by the way) and many of the master painters of the time, Vermeer was interested in exotic fabrics/items from various lands (Remember that during this period in history, The Netherlands was the giant among sea-going traders.) Items of fine, fancy and interesting textures were bought by the master painters to use as props and costumes. Turkish "delights" were of particular interest and all the rage, such as the tulip bulb ( Turkey is where they are originally from), so much so that people would spend fortunes to own a single tulip bulb. Hince, the beautiful headress in the painting was most likely some sort of fine fabric from Turkey ( this would also explain why it's wrapped like a turban).

Regarding the High Forehead:

During the previous centuries (14th to 16th) wealthy/noble women of France and Northern Europe used to shave their hairlines back to create more forehead, this was considered beautiful and was the fashion of the time. It's possible, judging from other portraits of women from the 1600's, that forehead shaving was still in fashion, however I am not 100% sure that it was still done in the 17th century.

Reagarding the Lack of Eyebrows:

Vermeer himself was said to be a 'fair strawberry blond red-head', so if the portrait was of one of his girls, then it's possible that she had very fine eyebrows. I can tell you personally that I am married to a Dutchman who has little to NO eyebrows. My husband is not a redhead, but from the first day I met him, I've been fascinated with his lack of eyebrows... and he IS healthy.....<smile>

If you want to read more about Vermeer online, go to google. com and check out all the sites about him... there are plenty.

If you're ever in The Netherlands, you can enjoy many of his paintings in The Rijksmuseum ( Amsterdam ) or in Mauritshuis (The Hague) which is where 'the girl' is.

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Good work all !

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Old 06-02-2003, 10:25 PM
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Thanks for that insight pinkrybns!! Glad to see you here in the oils forum.

Just wanted to say wow at the portraits already. You guys are doing fantastic. lisilk...........great job girl!! Good to see you here in the oils forum doing something with us. Nice break from all those postcards, huh? LOL

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