Wednesday, 5 April 2006

Girl with a Pearl Earring - Jan Vermeer

Jan Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring, c. 1665-1666. Deservedly famous.


  1. On Saturday I watched the movie of the same name, which was about this picture. It's not a very good movie.

  2. I disagree. It was beautifully shot, lighting exactly like Vermeer's paintings. Maybe the story wasn't very compelling, but the way the movie was shot was a feast for the eyes.

  3. Agreed, Berend. I saw it on the big screen when it was released. Beautifully shot - and captured, I thought, the essence of Vermeer's work.

    No mean feat.

  4. Oh don't get me wrong. Screenography has taken a giant leap forward in our time, whereas story and plot a giant leap backwards.

    Just take your eyes to the movies, leave your brains at home.

    I'm glad my dissatisfaction with the state of the art doesn't also afflict you two. You've literally lost the plot and like it that way!

  5. Ah, Rick .. we're just not seeing eye to eye these days, are we!

    I was agreeing with Berend on two counts: slow story and beautiful lighting.

    I don't disagree with you re the plot - in my less than humble op. it wasn't much at all .. but having seen some of Vermeer's work (years ago), I thought the film brought *that* to life.

    Did you see it on the big screen? Presumably not. Films are not made for the small screen - and invariably lose something in translation, so to speak.

  6. Films are not made for the small screen - and invariably lose something in translation, so to speak.

    Quips like this Susan...when ACT form a Government you've got to come work for us as a speech writer.

  7. 'When ACT form a govt you've got to come work for us ..'

    Thank God my day-job looks solid for a while, then! :)

  8. Only until I come home.

    Nobody knows the answer to this but I'll ask anyway.

    Why did Vermeer have a feast for his new child? Wasn't infant mortality so high in C17th that they just kept popping sprogs and didn't invest love in their young until it was reasonable to assume they weren't going to die overnight?



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