(19) The original of Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" was a masterpiece far beyond imagination.

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(19) The original of Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" was a masterpiece far beyond imagination.

Previous Article(18) "View of Vermeer's 'View of Delft' at the Mauritshuis Museum."In the following section, we introduced Vermeer's masterpiece, "The View of Delft.

The museum also has another masterpiece that is a must-see for Vermeer fans.

That is that "Girl with a Pearl Earring".

The Girl with the Pearl EarringWikipedia.

The girl with the blue and yellow turban is so famous. The original is on display at the Mauritshuis Museum.

As mentioned in the previous article, this museum is located in Den Haag, a city close to Vermeer's city of Delft.

The proximity of Vermeer's masterpiece and his hometown is very gratifying to those of us who make the Vermeer pilgrimage.

Now, let's meet "Girl with a Pearl Earring".

This painting is displayed in the same room as "View of Delft," just facing each other.

Unlike "The View of Delft," which felt larger than I had imagined, "Girl with a Pearl Earring" felt smaller than I had expected.

And as you can see from this picture, there are not many people. I was also surprised at the small number of people, although this may be due to the fact that the museum itself limits the number of visitors. Of course, there were crowds at certain times of the day, but that was within the acceptable range. I think it is really rare to be able to see such masterpieces in such a relaxed atmosphere.

Here I must confess that I have been a bit of a fool.

In fact, I did not have such high expectations for "Girl with a Pearl Earring. I like "The View of Delft" the best, and I was originally not so interested in this painting.

However, my thoughts changed drastically on that day. I had no idea that it was such an amazing painting!

Upon a quick glance, I didn't understand the appeal of this painting at first. So I immediately stopped looking at it and went back to "View of Delft" right behind it.

But something changed when I looked at this painting again. It happened the moment I looked at it from the right side, a little more than the front. I said to myself, "Hm? I can't take my eyes off you? ...This position, our eyes are exquisitely aligned.

Tranquil movement. Eternal stillness. I don't remember such words.

But that's exactly what it is.

Looking at this picture, it is clear that this girl suddenly turned around to look at us.

The moment when he turns toward us is perfectly captured. And more importantly, you can even see the movement of the person as they turn to look at you. And the moment when their eyes meet!

Is eternity the stillness of time?

I don't understand. There is something here that transcends comprehension.

To begin with, it is unusual for a Vermeer painting to have a completely black background.

But the blackness of this emptiness makes it seem even more eternal, or leaves behind a sense of time and place.

She is alive. The more I look at it, the more this girl seems to be real.

It looks much more alive than the pictures and images. What is this?

If you look closely, you will be able to observe the techniques of light and their meanings. As in "Delft.

But there is something that blows such partial analysis out of the water.

This painting should be viewed as a whole.

No anatomical view can be applied, such as "this here and that there," or "such and such techniques are used here.

Is this the way to look at it...! No, it's a horrible picture that forces you into it...

It was truly a draw. The power of attraction. Such words came to mind.

This is amazing! I have been leaning toward a very analytical view of Vermeer, but this work blew that notion out of the water. I was like, "Forget the nonsense, just look at it! Feel it!" I felt as if I had been told that.

I had expected "Delft" to be wonderful before I arrived, but "Girl with a Pearl Earring" was a complete surprise.

This angle, seen from slightly to the right, is my favorite

I decided to visit the Mauritshuis Museum again the next day to take a closer look at this girl.

It's still wonderful..!

A moment. But a decisive moment when something is communicated.

Vermeer definitively sensed the girl's appeal.

I would like to believe that it was not a romantic relationship, as Vermeer would have had a strong marital love, but the charm of this girl came through in this very moment, in this very moment.

But it is strange nonetheless. The angle from a slight angle is the most attractive. It is not the front view.

When viewed from the right, the movement is most visible, as if it were looking back at us. However, when viewed from the left of the front, there is no sense of movement. It looks as if she is standing still to pose.

The movement of the subject looking back at me and the stillness of the moment. I think this movement and stillness are the most attractive features of this picture.

Ah, and then there is this black background. Does it mean that the black background is an attraction that blows away everyday life?

The master of landscape depiction who painted "The View of Delft" dared not paint it. He did not paint the background, but painted it completely black. I think there is a great significance here.

The moment of this girl's turning transcends a specific time and space.

Literally, the moment their gazes met, the world blew up.

And infinite and eternal attractiveness exists there.

That is what this picture is. This is an amazing picture.

Seeing the original is still different.

It was a real pleasure for me to come to Holland and see this painting. I feel that my way of thinking about painting has changed drastically. It was an experience in Holland where I learned that there are paintings that blow away understanding and analysis.

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