It’s not every day that you get a chance to gaze upon the beauty of one of the most famous paintings in the world. The deYoung Museum at Golden Gate Park has the “Girl with a Pearl Earring” (painted by Johannes Vermeer) on exhibition until June 2, 2013. Dubbed the ‘Dutch Mona Lisa,’ this work of art is part of an American tour of “Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis” The de Young Museum is proud to serve as the tour’s first stop.

The iconic girl is a vision with alluring round eyes and porcelain skin. Her blue and yellow headscarf is highly recognizable, as is the large pearl earring hanging from her left ear. The famous piece of art not stirred plenty of paintings, but the piece and its backstory also inspired the 2003 film ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ starring Scarlett Johannson.

Vermeer was an artist known for painting everyday life from inside his home – capturing regular people doing their daily activities. He’d paint subjects pouring milk or looking out of a window. Vermeer painted the infamous portrait around 1665, which came at a time referred to as the ‘Dutch Golden Age.’ Out of the 34 known surviving works of Vermeer, the ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ is the only piece that zeroes closely in onto his subject. There is no specific message hidden in the painting as others had possessed.

What is most interesting is that the pearl earring is a detail that signifies wealth, and Vermeer often focused on ‘ordinary’ models for his pieces. The painting has become a mysterious gem for hundreds of years, which is why you should pay a visit to the de Young Museum at Golden Gate Park to explore the magic of Vermeer’s ‘Girl.’

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