Creation Date: c.
Size: 17.5 ×
15 inch (44.5 × 39 cm)
Media: Oil on canvas
Location: Mauritshuis, The Hague, Netherlands
Three interesting facts about this painting:
1.) Vermeer certainly could not afford to own a pearl as large as the one depicted here. He probably had the model wear a faux-pearl glass earring and employed some artistic license in regards to its size.
2.) In the Netherlands, around this time, painters occasionally included fashion from the middle-east such as Rembrandt's "The Artist in Oriental Costume..." This is part of the reason why Vermeer's Dutch model is wearing a Turban.
3.) Conservationists have found hairs from Vermeer's brushes stuck in the paint of the woman's face.