A great chance to visit Bologna and see one of the most famous picture of the world
Girl With A Pearl Earring
Girl with a Pearl Earring. Few titles conjure up such a sense of something immediately recognizable, of a familiar face, of a supreme, enigmatic beauty. The instant reference for everyone is to an image. The bestselling novel and movie have brought even greater worldwide renown. Together with the Mona Lisa and The Scream, it is now one of the best-known and most loved paintings in the world. With these works there is not even any need to mention the artist, because the title already acknowledges their names and ineffable fascination. Housed in one of the most refined galleries in the world, the Mauritshuis in The Hague, Vermeer’s painting attracts huge numbers of beauty lovers to the Dutch city. They all have only one idea in mind – go and meet the Girl with a Pearl Earring.
Just like the Mona Lisa in Paris, or The Scream in Oslo. All three are symbols and emblems even before they are masterpieces – worlds of beauty and secret fascination. It’s as if the image comes out of the work and take the form of an emblem even before being seen as a painting. This only happens to what lives eternally.
For a couple of years the Mauritshuis – a treasure trove of a superb masterpieces by artists from Vermeer to Rembrandt – has been closed for major restoration and extension work. It is due to reopen in early summer 2014. The extraordinary new wing will combine an intense attachment to the past with a vision of the future.
For this long period of closure the museum management decided to move part of the collection to the Gemeentemuseum, also in The Hague, so that visitors who came from all over the world did not lose the habit of traveling on to there from Amsterdam. But in an unprecedented move, a large group of stunning works from the collection has gone on tour round the world. And the group includes the Girl with a Pearl Earring.