Painting Vermeer’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring”



Vermeer's Girl With a Pearl Earring by Rachelle Siegrist

“Girl With a Pearl Earring after Vermeer”

I finished my miniature painting of Vermeer’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring” this past week. It was as much fun to paint as DaVinci’s Mona Lisa“, albeit a bit more challenging. Nonetheless, I did it and have painted yet another one of my favorite historical masterpieces! I’d like to do a few more and am trying to decide which ones I’d like to do, as I have many favorites. I’m curious… what are your favorite historical masterpieces?

So, who was the girl in this painting donning the big pearl earring? No one really knows for sure, although some speculate it may be one of his daughters. Wes and I recently watched a documentary on Vermeer, and since he left no letters behind, they don’t know much about him. Sadly he died in his forties, leaving behind a widow, their 8 children, and lots of debts, forcing his wife to sell his paintings to pay them off. Vermeer would pass into obscurity, being forgotten for a long time before being rediscovered in the 19th century, and eventually have his masterpiece “Girl With a Pearl Earring” selected as the most beautiful painting in the Netherlands by the Dutch public in the early 2000s. 

So here is a fun time-lapse video of me recreating this beautiful masterpiece in miniature, for you to enjoy!

~ See our miniatures in person this week ~

MIGRATION Exhibition & Sale
November 13, 2020 – January 10, 2021 at the Thomasville Cultural Center, in Thomasville, GA. (Wes’ Southern Sentinel has been sold.)

87th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature
November 22, 2020 – January 9, 2021: Strathmore Hall, Bethesda, MD
View the exhibition online

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Until next time ~ Rachelle

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