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Mauritshuis shines a light on its famous Vermeer

A team of international specialists are studying Girl with a Pearl Earring for two weeks straight

Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring (around 1665) being analysed in the Hague Ivo Hoekstra; courtesy of the Mauritshuis, The Hague

The Mauritshuis in the Hague wants to learn more about one of its most beloved works, Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring (around 1665), and is asking the public to get involved. Visitors to the Dutch museum can watch the painting being analysed in a glass-fronted studio constructed within a gallery specially for The Girl in the Spotlight project. A team of international specialists had begun to study the picture for 24 hours a day for two weeks using the latest non-invasive techniques. The goal is to learn more about Vermeer’s materials and techniques.

Appeared in The Art Newspaper, 299 March 2018