While Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ Is on Loan, the Mauritshuis Showcases 170 Imaginative Renditions in Its Place — Colossal

Home / While Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ Is on Loan, the Mauritshuis Showcases 170 Imaginative Renditions in Its Place — Colossal
While Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ Is on Loan, the Mauritshuis Showcases 170 Imaginative Renditions in Its Place — Colossal




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#pearls

February 24, 2023

Grace Ebert

A rendition of Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" made form rubberbands

Ankie Gooijers. All images courtesy of the Mauritshuis

While Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” is on loan to Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum for the largest-ever exhibition of the Dutch artist’s work, a cheeky surrogate takes its place. The Mauritshuis in the Hague is currently showing My Girl with a Pearl, a lighthearted and vastly creative digital installation, where the iconic painting usually resides.

Resulting from an open call last year that garnered nearly 3,500 submissions, the temporary piece features 170 renditions of Vermeer’s 1655 portrait presented on a loop. Mediums and styles vary widely, and the installation features everything from an abstract iteration using multi-color rubber bands to elegantly photographed portraiture to the viral corn-cob figure.

My Girl with a Pearl is on view through April 1 when the original painting—which has been the site of speculation in recent weeks as scholars revealed the earring to be an imitation—is slated to return to the Hague. Those who won’t be able to see the installation in person can find dozens of the renditions on Instagram, in addition to a virtual exhibition of the Vermeer exhibition on the Rijksmuseum’s site.

 

A rendition of Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" featuring a Black person

Lab 07

A rendition of Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" featuring a duck

Guus the Duck

A rendition of Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" featuring a corn cob

Nanan Kang

A rendition of Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" featuring a sardine style can

Ege Islekel

A rendition of Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" featuring dinnerware

Emil Schwärzler

Two renditions of Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" featuring a mouse and abstract lines

Left: Kathy Clemente. Right: Rick Rojnic

A rendition of Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" featuring a portrait of a young Black woman

Caroline Sikkenk

#art history
#humor
#museums
#pearls

 

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