This year, one of the world’s most intriguing portraits celebrates its 350th birthday, Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. Having already given a front row seat to the world’s greatest art to audiences in over 1000 cinemas throughout the UK, USA, Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Latin America, EXHIBITION ON SCREEN now offers an insight into the world-renowned Mauritshuis Museum, going behind-the-scenes to look at Vermeer’s extraordinary portrait.
Johannes Vermeer was one of the greatest Dutch masters, a genius choreographer of light, and his Girl with A Pearl Earring (c.1665) is one of the most enduring paintings in the history of art. However, the identity of Vermeer’s sitter – in her oriental-appearing turban, plain dress and enormous shining pearl – remains unknown. The film travels through the collection of the Mauritshuis in The Hague to answer the questions that have haunted art lovers for decades: who was she? Why is it so popular? Why and how was it painted?
In addition to allowing cinema audiences unparalleled access to ‘The jewel of Northern Europe’s museums’, viewers will also visually explore this majestic 17th century house to find other world-famous Dutch and Flemish paintings such as The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt, The Goldfinch by Fabritius and The Bull by Potter, guided by British actor Hugh Bonneville.
Further events this year from EXHIBITION ON SCREEN will include the worldwide release of Vincent van Gogh: A New Way Of Seeing on Tuesday 14 April; and The Impressionists from the Musée du Luxembourg Paris, National Gallery London and Philadelphia Museum of Art on Tuesday 26 May.
EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: Girl with a Pearl Earring – and other treasures from the Mauritshuis Museum, released 13 January.
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