Johannes Vermeer

The Art and Life of Johannes Vermeer

It’s hard to believe that for two centuries Johannes Vermeer, whose painting Girl with a pearl earring is among the most famous art works in the world, was barely mentioned in any of the resources on 17th-century Dutch painting. He was rediscovered only in the 19th century, after Gustav Friedrich Waagen and Théophile Thoré-Bürger published […]

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Girl with a pearl earring – our users’ favourite

She is still leading Europeana’s top ten. For months already, Girl with a pearl earring by Johannes Vermeer has been one of the most viewed objects on Europeana. What is it about this painting that fascinates the viewers? “It must have something to do with the fact that the girl looks over her shoulder, as […]

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