Vermeer’s masterwork spends time at in the High
On her behalf current world tour, she travels incognito, with simply her nearest handlers conscious of her true identity. In Japan this past year, she attracted greater than a million fans. In Bay Area this spring, she required strategically placed soft lighting suitable for a symbol of the certain age. She’s inspired a bestselling novel, a critically acclaimed film, along with a type of merchandise.
Wishing to capture her gaze, fans arrive outfitted as look-alikes. Pretty good to have an almost 350-year-old painting making its Southeastern debut this month during a 3-city U.S. tour.
David Brenneman, our prime Museum of Art’s director of collections and exhibitions, understands the hoopla over Johannes Vermeer’s Girl having a Gem Earring, showpiece from the High’s Girl having a Gem Earring: Nederlander Works of art in the Mauritshuis exhibition that opens June 23. Vermeer’s masterwork, dubbed “the Nederlander Hireling Shepherd,Inches has continuously grown in recognition because of novelist Tracy Chevalier’s 1999 perennial book club pick Girl having a Gem Earring, using its risque backstory for that mysterious subject, and also the even sexier 2003 movie starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth.
“It’s similar to arranging a huge celebrity to reach,Inches Brenneman states of prepping for that exhibit. He first saw the painting like a college newcomer in 1983 and recalls being “completely mesmerized.” He raves, “I think it is an image the very first time I first viewed it. It had been perfectly proportioned. She’s this gentleness, this sweetness that pulls you in. I purchased a poster from it within the gift shop also it hung within my dorm room throughout my college career.”
The High’s new It Girl have a room all to herself along with a merch table within the gift shop, including, obviously, gem earrings. “We know people are likely to create a pilgrimage doing,Inches states Brenneman. “We desired to offer her a nearly shrine-like setting on her remain in Atlanta.”
Bay Area, New You are able to, and Atlanta would be the only U.S. metropolitan areas that lured Girl for any visit. She’s spending some time stateside while her permanent home, the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis within the Netherlands, undergoes a multimillion-dollar renovation.
Like Leonardo da Vinci’s Hireling Shepherd, Vermeer’s jobs are petite, calculating just 17 1/2 by 15 3/8 inches. “It’s not really a big painting, however it packs lots of punch,” states Brenneman.
“The difference may be the Hireling Shepherd is extremely of her time. It’s tough to imagine meeting her today. But Vermeer’s Girl is really a timeless beauty who appears like someone you can encounter today.” Much like Ms. Johansson, the world thinks.
Girl having a Gem Earring: Nederlander Works of art in the Mauritshuis is going to be in the High Museum June 23 through September 29. high.org
This short article initially made an appearance within our June 2013 issue.