Museum Asks Public to Reinvent a Classic Painting, With Incredible Results

Lady With a Pearl Earring? Extra like Man With an Apple AirPod. 

The Mauritshuis museum in The Hague put out a name for re-creations of Johannes Vermeer’s iconic seventeenth century portray — with weird and pleasant outcomes. 

No earring on this picture by Jessica van der Mast. Simply an AirPod. 


Woman wears a turban and two pearl earrings, while holding a camera

Architect Zoé Molnár is a Lady With a Pearl Earring — and a digital camera.


Scroll by way of posts tagged #mygirlwithapearl on Instagram and you will find greater than 4,700 interpretations of the well-known oil portray of a younger lady in a head wrap, a big earring dangling from her left ear. The homages vary from lovely to whimsical to surreal, from classical to summary to steampunk. You may see the Lady in pictures, digital drawings and oil work, and re-created in sculptures created from embroidery thread, toys, college provides and multicolored beads and buttons. 

A Na'vi from Avatar as the Girl With a Pearl Earring

Multimedia artist Double O Roos: “I let her cry for the world for the individuals and for the Earth.” 


Girl With a Pearl Earring featuring a robot instead of a girl

Robotic With a Pearl Earring, an oil on canvas by artist Julian DePuma.  


She seems as a child, an older bearded man, a duck, a canine, a bunny and a blue Na’vi from Avatar.  In multiple picture, she’s decidedly twenty first century, sporting a face masks or earbuds or holding a cellphone. One artist overlayed Vermeer’s portray on a Tinder display screen, calling the creation “Swipe Proper.”

A girl wears a mask atop her turban in this interpretation of Girl With a Pearl Earring

Quite a lot of the homages function face masks, naturally. 


Girl With a Pearl Earring, wearing a face mask

Artwork gallery proprietor Gea Kok exhibits the well-known Lady, prepared for COVID. 


Had been a few of the digital variations created with an AI artwork creation instrument like Dall-E or Midjourney? You possibly can wager on it. 

The Mauritshuis normally homes the well-known portray, however for eight weeks beginning in February, the work might be out on mortgage for a Vermeer exhibit at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum. Somewhat than depart the Lady’s wall empty, the Mauritshuis plans to rotate a few of the crowdsourced interpretations by way of a digital show.   

“The room the place the Lady hangs will quickly turn out to be a spot of inspiration with as many Ladies collectively as potential, from house and overseas,” the museum says. 

Pencils and other school supplies made into the shape of Girl With a Pearl Earring

“My mandate for myself was to create this with what I may discover solely in my front room,” says Elisabeth Koch.


Girl With a Pearl Earring, re-created with embroidery thread

Submissions got here in all kinds of colourful supplies. 


Because the submissions attest, the museum did not place any restrictions on creativity right here. “A self-portrait with a shower towel as a turban, a painted iron or perhaps a pile of crockery,” it says. “Little is simply too loopy for us.” Registration for the competition closed on Jan. 15. 

Vermeer, one of the vital famend Dutch painters of the seventeenth century, is thought for his intimate home scenes and gorgeous use of sunshine.

His iconic Lady With a Pearl Earring has made a quantity literary and cinematic appearances, together with in a 1999 historic novel of the identical identify that instructed a fictional story of the portray’s creation. That e-book led to a 2003 movie adaptation starring Scarlett Johansson as a younger servant within the house of Vermeer, performed by Colin Firth. 

If you wish to discover the unique portray in additional element to higher respect the reimaginings, an augmented-reality function known as Pocket Gallery in Google’s free Google Arts & Tradition app presents a digital exhibition house the place you’ll be able to see and find out about all 36 of Vermeer’s work. None of them function robots. 

Girl With a Pearl Earring as a self-portrait by a bearded man

Visible artist Wil Peerboom, like many others, opted for a self-portrait.  


Dog dressed in the style of Girl With a Pearl Earring

“Pooch With a Pearl Earring” has a pleasant ring to it. 


An earring shaped like the painting Girl With a Pearl Earring

A meta tackle Lady With a Pearl Earring: the portray as an precise earring. 


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