It is among the most well-known photos within the world … so well-known they even made a film about it. Now, guests to the Mauritshuis in The Netherlands can see Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring prefer it’s by no means been seen earlier than.
The portray has been taken out of its body and moved to a particular glass workshop the place researchers are finishing up superior scans to see what secrets and techniques lie beneath the floor.
The image was final examined in 1994, when it wanted restoration however fortunately shouldn’t be but in want of any additional conservation. Instead, a workforce of scientists in The Hague are utilizing the newest expertise to find how Vermeer painted the image and what supplies he used. They’ll be wanting nearer than ever earlier than on the canvas, pigment, oils and different supplies that the Dutch grasp relied on for the masterpiece.
Rather than take their most well-known work out of view – the analysis is as an alternative going down in a specifically created workshop within the museum’s Golden Room in order that the general public can see what is going on.
The portray has been beneath examination 24 hours a day for the reason that venture started on February 26 and can stay within the workshop till Sunday, March 11. Each day, work conservator Abbie Vandivere has been updating the “Girl With a Blog” internet web page to provide the newest on the workforce’s work.
The image was painted round 1665 and is one among simply 34 work definitively attributed to Vermeer; three of them are within the Mauritshuis. It is commonly listed as one of many ten most well-known work within the world and has impressed a e book, a play, and a film (starring Scarlett Johansson because the mysterious lady).
Girl with a Pearl Earring will transfer again to its typical home in Room 15 of the museum on March 12 whereas the analysis workforce will spend months extra analysing their information.