Girl with a Pearl Earring
!>http://www.doxycide.org/gwape/painting_thumb.jpg! Just saw the movie, "Girl with a Pearl Earring":http://www.doxycide.org/gwape/about.php and while a little obscure, it sure was a beautiful period piece. The painting of course is known as the Mona Lisa of the North and it is pretty amazing. Some interesting facts:
* It all started from Johannes Vermeer (often credited as Jan Vermeer or Johannes van der Meer) in 17th century Delft, Netherlands. Very little is actually known about the Dutch artist, and even fewer his paintings, as it wasn't until rather recently that he was rediscovered
* "Girl with a Pearl Earring" was painted from 1660 to 1665. It has sparked great wonderment and mystery for the viewer and many questions remain unanswered unto this day.
* It is thought that the girl is Vermeer's youngest daughter, Maria, but this is debatable as the girl's age and date of the painting do not fit, and certainly a daughter would not look at her father in such a sensual manner.
The painting at the the "Royal Cabinet of Paintings Mauritshuis":http://www.mauritshuis.nl/ and they even have an "audio tour":http://www.mauritshuis.nl/index.aspx?ChapterID=2404&FilterID=988&ContentID=20144 that unfortunately didn't work for me.