The largest scientific examination up to now of the well-known painting “Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer has yielded stunning new discoveries, the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague introduced Tuesday.
“We’ve received a lot nearer to the painting than ever earlier than,” museum director Martine Gosselink mentioned throughout a video information convention.
According to the museum, a crew of researchers found that Vermeer (1632-75) had initially painted a inexperienced curtain behind the lady, which vanished over time.
They have been additionally capable of detect the high-quality eyelashes of the lady, which aren’t seen to the bare eye, by utilizing an x-ray scanner.
In addition, the researchers discovered that the pearl earring is simply an “phantasm,” in keeping with the museum. It merely floats as there isn’t any hook that attaches it to the lady’s ear.
Also because of the examination, Vermeer’s shade vary has been described intimately for the primary time.
The painting’s largest secret, nevertheless, the id of the lady within the painting, couldn’t be revealed.
An worldwide crew of researchers had examined the painting, created between 1665 and 1667, in March 2018, utilizing the newest scans and methods. It was the second main scientific evaluation of the masterpiece after one in 1994.