Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Girl With A Pearl

"Girl With a Pearl"
An exhibit of Dutch painters was recently at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.  Included in the exhibit was the painting by Johannes Vermeer, “Girl with a Pearl Earring” and, as the name implies, the artist uses a pearl earring as a focal point.
This is one of the best-loved paintings in the world . . . and it is a mystery. Who is the model and why has she been painted? What is she thinking as she stares out at the viewer? Are her wide eyes and enigmatic half-smile innocent or seductive? And why is she wearing a pearl earring?
The book in this piece is a contemporary novel by Tracy Chevalier by the same name
Besides the book, this piece also includes a mannequin head, clock gears and a mainspring, gold acrylic paint atop vintage book text, vintage sewing patterns, and of course a pearl earring.


  1. Wow, this is wonderful Rebeca. I thought this was your work as it sure does look like it. I'm going to buy a head like that and make my own. Tee hee.:) I may though. It looks like it would be fun. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This is stunning, Rebeca. I know how much you like those mannikin heads, and this one is just as stunning. I also like how you have treated the book cover. Nice way to tie in the head and neck of the piece. Of course, I adore the "almost steampunk" design you have given this gal with the pearl earring.

  3. un vermeer!!!!! bravo!!¨bises e.

  4. This is such an interesting, yet simple piece of art. Love it and the gear and pearl earring. Very clever!!

  5. Great interpretation of the old painting. Very creative to use the contemporary book as the base. Well-thought out piece of mixed media art.

  6. I love this, the mannequin head with the pattern paper covering it and the book with the title, lovey work!