"The Dutch Golden Age painting is the painting of the Dutch Golden Age, a period in Dutch history generally spanning the 17th century, during and after the later part of the Eighty Years’ War(1568–1648) for Dutch independence.”
One of the dutch masters was Johannes Vermeer. Pictured above is his beautiful portrait ‘The Girl with a Pearl Earring’. Vermeer’s masterpiece depicts a girl wearing a turban and with a pearl earring shining in from the shadow. The painting was originally named ‘The Girl with a Turban’. The turban as a prop in paintings was a popular one and shows the influence of other countries/cultures. Items like this were brought to the Netherlands by explorers. Depiction of the luxurious nature of the fabric demonstrated artistic technique. The ultramarine blue and gold colours in the turban is something which stands out among the other wise neutral colours. The rich tone of her clothing also alludes the idea of luxury. The use of shadows define the girls skin and help to create a three dimensional effect (also accentuated by the dark background). Her skin appears soft and luminous which adds to her beautiful femininity. Vermeer used the camera obscurer to aid him in creating this photo realistic look.
"Girl with a Pearl Earring is one of over forty images of women created by Vermeer and thus it is obvious that he had a keen interest in women’s socio-cultural roles. It could be argued that he valued their role in maintaining his idealist way of life by ensuring order within the household and raising children within Christian values. Therefore, women played a pivotal role in safeguarding tradition and moral values through the generations.
Vermeer depicted his women in thought-provoking stillness and also as encouraging images that inspired homogeny.
With this painting the viewer is captured by the subject and believes they have caught her attention and caused her to turn her head. This is a sensual painting with the girl gazing at the viewer with wide eyes and a parted mouth and there is an air of mystery surrounding her identity.”
The deep red lips against pale skin with rosy cheeks and dark eyes echo the ideals of beauty from the renaissance period.