At the Vermeer Centre in Delft a number of contemporary artists have reimagined The Girl with a Pearl Earring.
This portrait, to me, was the most striking. She is instantly recognisable in her look and posture. It‘s as if Vermeer captured something universal.
Apologies for the strange light on the picture. It was truly beautiful.
Nice sale at my local library. Can't wait to dig in.
A fictional account of how the painting came about. I was hoping for more historical accuracy, but after a little research I was surprised to find out how very little is known about Vermeer. I enjoyed the glimpse into the daily life of Delft at that time, but I found Griet‘s character to be a little flat. Though I might be the same way if I had as few choices about the direction of my life as she had.
Started this on audio but I don't like narrator. It's in 1st person and the audio narrator is using a voice that makes the main character sound younger than she actually is (16), and her voices for the other characters are not very distinct and oddly flat and without expression. Going to have to switch to reading it on my Kindle.
Girl with a Pearl Earring tells the story of Griet, a 16-year-old Dutch girl, who becomes a maid in the house of the painter Johannes Vermeer. Her calm and perceptive manner not only helps her in her household duties, but also attracts Vermeer's attention. He slowly draws her into the world of his paintings and ultimately has her sit for him as a model.
While I enjoyed spending time in the City of Delft, I did not enjoy the company of my travelling buddies much. I found it hard to find positive characteristics, and especially the Vermeer family was a struggle to be with! Would you believe, one of the children even stole my passport, so now I have to stay here till Monday when I can get a new one 🙄
The story could have been great, but Chevalier‘s style is just not for me
I have spent the morning cleaning my apartment, and now I‘m so ready for some lunch time reading 👌
This is my book for the Netherlands for #BackpackEurope, and I‘m excited about “visiting” this country through this book!
Currently reading. Great book so far. Love the writing.
Many years ago, I read & loved ‘The Girl with the Pearl Earring,‘ the hist-fic/novel about the girl in Vermeer‘s arguably most famous painting.
Since then, whenever I‘m in a city that has Vermeer paintings exhibited in their museums/galleries, I make a point of visiting those paintings. The Frick Collection & The Met (Museum on 5th Ave) in NYC see me return year after year to “touch base” & get grounded before the week of insanity that follows!
As an art enthusiast myself I wanted more of Vermeer‘s character than what was provided.
I wept for Agnes & that was the deepest emotion the author wrenched from me. Everything else was just so-so. It may be my feministic nature, but I didn‘t understand the allure for Vermeer & couldn‘t understand their sexual tension. The cover on my edition also suggested a much more risqué tale than what I received. A short? & good palette cleanser. 3.5 ⭐️
Evening reading 😍. Too chilly to swim but nice enough to enjoy the view! What‘s everyone else currently reading??
Loved this book based on the painting by the same name created by Johannes Vermeer. Can never go wrong with a Tracy Chevalier book. #🎨 #Emojinov
This exceeded my expectations. I loved it, devoured it in a day. You know you have read a good one when not only the plot captivates you, but also the characters and setting. I never would have imagined Holland in the 1600s to be interesting.
The author skillfully weaved a backstory leading to the expression of the girl with the pearl earring. Though it is a work of fiction, I will be reminded of her story whenever I see the painting. It is her.
"It seemed to me that the baker had an honest response to the painting. Van Ruijven tried too hard when he looked at paintings, with his honeyed words and studied expressions. He was too aware of having an audience to perform for, whereas the baker merely said what he thought."
Loved reading this one during my trip to Amsterdam.
August and September reading wrap up:
Absolute Sandman vol. 4
Parable of the Sower
Hellraiser vol 1
Linda Goodman's Sun Signs
Lord of the Flies
The Art of Love
After the Welfare State
Parable of the Talents
War of the Worlds
Clan of the Cave Bear
Blood of Flowers
On the Road
She‘s Not There
(October 3rd, 2016)
This book leapt to mind for this prompt! I loved it and heartily recommend this and the movie too. It's fictional, inspired by the Vermeer painting, telling a story of a servant girl who becomes Vermeer's model for this portrait. The girls background and her life as a servant is beautifully told; you really feel you're in 17th century Holland and in the shoes of this pretty, vulnerable girl.
I love library book sales. Not only do I get bags of books for under $20, but I also get to support literacy in my community. Win-win.
Got some decent reading time this morning! About 100 pages left to go. I'm really enjoying the story so far!