Saturday, February 6, 2010

Art In The Movies: Girl With a Pearl Earring

I had all these things in mind to write about in this post and damned if I don't get everything down when I think of it, I forget it overnight! Am I in early dementia or is that what's it's like to be 50?

Though I enjoy movie biographies of artists, they do have a tendency to affect the way I will look at that artist's portraits and self-portrait. In Girl With a Pearl Earring, I now think of Scarlett Johanson every time I look at the famous work by Vermeer.

Judging by this article stating that there is little biographical information on Vermeer, the author of the book of the same title, Tracy Chevalier, took great artistic liberties. It made for a good art story, Holywood style and very well-acted.

And below it looks like Colin Firth has insinuated himself into the canvas, though not as Vermeer, since it's not historically clear what the painter looked like.

The Girl With the Wine Glass 
this is on the title above for everything that is known about the painting! A fantastic site if you need a crash course in art - say, to impress a date!  ;-) 
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And here is Colin as Vermeer. Hard to resist.

When in reality, as was mentioned previously, there are lots of unknowns about Vermeer. Including whether or not the painting below is his self-portrait or someone who sat for him.

Damn! I don't see a resemblance to Colin Firth!  ;-)

1 comment:

  1. I read this book (or listened to it, rather, on my long drives...). It was a good story, and plausible, even if it's mostly made up.


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