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Girl with a Pearl Earring depicts an imaginary young woman with a very large pearl earring. Unlike the Mona Lisa, Girl with a Pearl Earring is not a portrait but a tronie, a Dutch term for a character or type of person. In modern art historical usage the term tronie is typically restricted to figures not intended to depict an identifiable person. The GPE⚧ NFT collection is a modern interpretation of the original tronie, becoming the first gender fluid NFT tronie. Our project brings focus to LGBTQIA+ community. While there has been significant progress toward equality for the LGBTQIA+ community in recent years, a long road to equality remains ahead, as the collective community continues to face various forms of exclusion and discrimination.
The original oil painting on canvas (c. 1665) by Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer permanently resides in the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague. The work has been in the collection of the Mauritshuis in The Hague since 1902. Girl with a Pearl Earring became one of Vermeer’s more famous pieces around the turn of the 21st century, with the 1995 blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and the publication of the best-selling novel Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier in 1999. The book fashioned the painting’s subject into a housemaid named Griet who works in Vermeer’s home and becomes his paint mixer. It was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film in 2003 starring Scarlett Johansson as the fictional Griet and Colin Firth as Vermeer. Girl with the Pearl Earring traveled to Japan, Italy, and the United States. It drew crowds in each location, attesting to its now firm place in front of an audience.
March 15th, 2022
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