Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Sign of the Times

Parody of Johannes Vermeer's painting
Girl with a Pearl Earring
The internet is teeming with self portraits taken via a mirror, showing off a new hair style, a knitted garment, or documenting a pregnancy. When I saw the image above, I giggled because it is a "sign of the times."

One of the best books I've ever read was Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. Of course, like many good books, it has since been made into a movie. Typically, I don't like to see movies of the books that I treasure because no matter how talented the screen writer, the book is always much better.

The original painting by Johannes Vermeer, shown below, is on display in The Hague. The young girl is captivating in the painting, but after reading the book, I can imagine her life and the circumstances behind the portrait. I would love to sit in front of the painting and soak up the details. 

Girl with a Pearl Earring
Johannes Vermeer
1665

12 comments:

  1. Nancy - that's a hoot. I love that she appears to be wearing a handknit fingerless mitt. I wonder which pattern it is? Thanks for the laugh.

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  2. Thanks for the book recommendation. I'm going to check it out.

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  3. Ha. Totally a sign of the times. It really makes me laugh too. I like Vermeer's paintings.

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  4. LOL. Love that painting and loved the book too.

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  5. Fun, poignant post. I read the book but didn't see the movie.

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  6. Interesting sounding book and love the picture.

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  7. Sounds like a fascinating read (love historical)and will be going on my list. The painting gave me a laugh!

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  8. Loved Girl with a Pearl Earring too! Thanks for the reminder of that most excellent book. Now, I will go finish the latest Craig Johnson (Walt Longmire) mystery......

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  9. I agree - I loved that book, and would relish the chance to actually see the original!

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  10. What a magnificent face!! I too giggled when I saw the one with the camera!

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  11. I have not read that book..the sign of the times that is for sure..my grands always have their phones out taking photos:)

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