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Woman with a Pearl Necklace by Johannes Vermeer

    Woman with a Pearl Necklace by Johannes Vermeer

    Woman with a Pearl Necklace by Johannes Vermeer was created in 1663 – 1665. The painting is in Gemäldegalerie, Berlin. The size of the work is 56,1 x 47,4 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    A young woman is standing at a table, staring intently into a mirror hanging on the wall opposite her. She is just about to put on a string of pearls that she is holding with yellowish ribbons. Cool light streams in through a stained glass window. On the table is a still-life arrangement of a covered vase, drapery, powder puff, jewelry box and comb. Through the differentiated tonal gradations, Vermeer created a masterfully finely nuanced coloring that is further enhanced by juxtapositions such as the yellow of the curtain and the fur-trimmed jacket with the dark, blue-black foreground.

    By placing the vanishing point of the picture slightly above the tabletop, he achieves a monumentalization of figure and objects. Through the chair, which is cut by the edge of the picture in the foreground on the right, he achieves a depth effect and at the same time increases the impression of intimacy. (Read more in Gemäldegalerie, Berlin in Deutsch)

    About the Artist: Dutch Baroque Period painter Johannes Vermeer specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle-class life. It is unclear where and with whom Vermeer apprenticed as a painter. There is some speculation that Carel Fabritius may have been his teacher. On 29 December 1653, Vermeer became a member of the Guild of Saint Luke, a trade association for painters. The guild’s records make clear that Vermeer did not pay the usual admission fee. It was a year of plague, war, and economic crisis; Vermeer was not alone in experiencing difficult financial circumstances… Read more

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