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Today Is Art Day Puzzle - Vermeer - Pixel Art

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About Today Is Art Day Puzzle - Vermeer - Pixel Art

Will you start with the blue turban? Or will you try to find the pearl earring first? This pixel art version of Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring will be as rewarding as it is challenging to complete. Are you up for it?

About Girl with a Pearl Earring
Girl with a Pearl Earring is an oil painting by Dutch Golden Age painter Johannes Vermeer, dated c. 1665. It is his most famous work of art.

Girl with a Pearl Earring is not a portrait, but a “tronie”: a painting of an imaginary figure. While many of Vermeer’s paintings depict women involved in daily tasks, such as chores, reading or writing, Girl with a Pearl Earring features an unidentified young woman doing nothing but looking over her shoulder to gaze directly at the viewer.

Johannes Vermeer (1632 –1675) was a Dutch Baroque Periodpainter known for his domestic interior scenes of 17th-century life, remarkable for their purity of light and form. During his lifetime, he produced relatively few paintings, only less than 40 are known today.

Vermeer worked slowly and meticulously, and frequently used very expensive pigments. He is revered as a master of light; in the painting, light reflects differently on the girl’s skin, lips, clothes and earring.

Johannes Vermeer
Girl with a Pearl Earring
c. 1665

24" x 18"
46 cm x 61 cm
500 pieces

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Johannes Vermeer established a brilliant set of techniques, utilizing light in revolutionary ways. He created masterpieces that will stand the test of time. His works, while not well known during his time, have remained in the popular consciousness since a revival in the 1850s. Vermeer painted a lot of domestic interior scenes, as well as portraiture focused on a few subjects. His interests lay in compositional and technical aspects of art, including, most famously, his preoccupation with light and lighting.  Girl with a Pearl Earring, his most famous pictures, epitomizes his interests and shows off his technical skill beautifully. While little remains about the artist’s personal life, we can tell he was utterly devoted to his work and his art and spent a great deal of time in his home in Delft.  His artwork only circulated amongst collectors during his life, but in time, his works would impact the world.


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