Girl with a Pearl Earring
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Girl with a Pearl Earring

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With precisely 35 canvases to his credit, the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer represents one of the great enigmas of 17th-century art. The meager facts of his biography have been gleaned from a handful of legal documents. Yet Vermeer's extraordinary paintings of domestic life, with their subtle play of light and texture, have come to define the Dutch golden age. His portrait of the anonymous Girl with a Pearl Earring has exerted a particular fascination for centuries - and it is this magnetic painting that lies at the heart of Tracy Chevalier's second novel of the same title.
Girl with a Pearl Earring centers on Vermeer's prosperous Delft household during the 1660s. When Griet, the novel's quietly perceptive heroine, is hired as a servant, turmoil follows. First, the 16-year-old narrator becomes increasingly intimate with her master. Then Vermeer employs her as his assistant--and ultimately has Griet sit for him as a model.

Title:Girl with a Pearl Earring
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0452287022
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:233 pages

    Girl with a Pearl Earring Reviews

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Feb 05, 2015

    “I heard voices outside our front door - a woman's, bright as polished brass, and a man's, low and dark like the wood of the table I was working on. They were the kind of voices we heard rarely in o...

  • Daniel
    Jul 20, 2007

    Another one of my wife's recommendations (I read a lot of books that way), I picked it up from the bookshelf the night we came back from seeing the film with Scarlett Johansonn and Colin Firth. I love...

  • Kate
    Jul 29, 2007

    I know almost nothing about art, but even I can tell that Girl With a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer is a brilliant painting; 'captivating' is probably the best word to describe it. One presumes th...

  • Jason Koivu
    Feb 29, 2012

    I CAN'T SHOUT "MEH!" LOUD ENOUGH!!!The popular fame obtained by this book and its subsequent movie version starring Scarlett Johansson...*two hours later*(Sorry, I was daydreaming)...had me expecting ...

  • Madeleine
    Jun 03, 2008

    So the parts when Vermeer was actually being a painter were interesting. Seeing as I slogged through this on account of a recommendation that arose from an art-class lecture on Vermeer, I was hoping t...

  • Vane J.
    Sep 12, 2014

    Have you ever seen the painting Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer? No? Then, have a look at it:Isn't it beautiful?I hadn't seen it until a few months ago, in a class I was taking at the un...

  • Diane
    Feb 18, 2016

    This was a pleasant diversion. This novel about a pretty maid who appeared in one of Vermeer's paintings is easy to slip into, didn't ask much of me, and kept me entertained for a few days. Is it grea...

  • Kelly
    Jun 19, 2007

    I wrote a paper on artistic expression using Girl with a Pearl Earring as a source, since it is a painting, a movie, and a book. It provided me fascinating fodder, a really good read, and a good grade...

  • Helen 2.0
    Apr 03, 2016

    Girl With a Pearl Earring tells a short story using a lot of words. Even though the novel spans more than a decade, not too much of note happens besides Vermeer's painting. The book is more like an hi...

  • Anna
    Jan 11, 2008

    This book features one of my favorite book heroines of all time. Griet is competent, intelligent and observant. She possesses the laudable ability to maneuver 17th century Delft in a shrewd and practi...