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Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
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Apr 20, 08


A historical Fiction, that gave me insights to how this painter painted in an entertaining way. Apparently it is also a movie which I have not seen. I really liked how the book was able to take you in his studio and show his tools he used. I also like how the author described how the people were painted, and how he used his colors and how the colors were made. Ect. The story made you want to make up your own stories about people in paintings and to wonder about the time period.


Here is a description of the book from: http://www.tchevalier.com/gwape/story...

"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 the painter's attention. Though different in upbringing, education and social standing, they have a similar way of looking at things. Vermeer slowly draws her into the world of his paintings - the still, luminous images of solitary women in domestic settings.

In contrast to her work in her master's studio, Griet must carve a place for herself in a chaotic Catholic household run by Vermeer's volatile wife Catharina, his shrewd mother-in-law Maria Thins, and their fiercely loyal maid Tanneke. Six children (and counting) fill out the household, dominated by six-year-old Cornelia, a mischievous girl who sees more than she should.

On the verge of womanhood, Griet also contends with the growing attentions both from a local butcher and from Vermeer's patron, the wealthy van Ruijven. And she has to find her way through this new and strange life outside the loving Protestant family she grew up in, now fragmented by accident and death.

As Griet becomes part of her master's work, their growing intimacy spreads disruption and jealousy within the ordered household and even - as the scandal seeps out - ripples in the world beyond."
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