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From: Patricia Knott (pknott_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Nov 07 2003 - 13:16:20 PST

I just got this from the Internet Scout report:

14. Girl with a Pearl Earring: An In-Depth Study

The artistic endeavors of the 17th century's, Old Master Johannes Vermeer
have fascinated many. Now a popular book based on one of his canvases, Girl
with a Pearl Earring, has brought him squarely into the minds and hearts of
many in the 21st century. Even though the picture has been studied intensely
for over a century, many questions remained unanswered about various aspects
of the work. This website, designed by Jonathan Janson, provides a
multifaceted portrait of this masterwork, and is divided into well-organized
sections that deal with its subject matter, its provenance, the methodology
deployed in the work's execution, and the various debates surrounding the
work. The section devoted to the genesis of the painting is particularly
engaging, as it features a discussion of the work within the broader setting
of Vermeer's oeuvre and possible precedents that may have set the stage for
this work. [KMG]

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