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Girl with a Pearl Earring
by Tracy Chevalier

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Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier Overview

With precisely 35 canvases to his credit, the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer represents one of the great enigmas of 17th-century art. The meager facts of his biography have been gleaned from a handful of legal documents. Yet Vermeer's extraordinary paintings of domestic life, with their subtle play of light and texture, have come to define the Dutch golden age. His portrai With precisely 35 canvases to his credit, the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer represents one of the great enigmas of 17th-century art. The meager facts of his biography have been gleaned from a handful of legal documents. Yet Vermeer's extraordinary paintings of domestic life, with their subtle play of light and texture, have come to define the Dutch golden age. His portrait of the anonymous Girl with a Pearl Earring has exerted a particular fascination for centuries - and it is this magnetic painting that lies at the heart of Tracy Chevalier's second novel of the same title. Girl with a Pearl Earring centers on Vermeer's prosperous Delft household during the 1660s. When Griet, the novel's quietly perceptive heroine, is hired as a servant, turmoil follows. First, the 16-year-old narrator becomes increasingly intimate with her master. Then Vermeer employs her as his assistant--and ultimately has Griet sit for him as a model.

Tracy Chevalier

About Girl with a Pearl Earring Description

Born: 19 October 1962 in Washington, DC. Youngest of 3 children. Father was a photographer for The Washington Post. Childhood: Nerdy. Spent a lot of time lying on my bed reading. Favorite authors back then: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madeleine L’Engle, Zilpha Keatley Snyder, Joan Aiken, Susan Cooper, Lloyd Alexander. Book I would have taken to a desert island: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Educa

Data Book Girl with a Pearl Earring

Original Title Girl with a Pearl Earring ISBN 0452287022 (ISBN13: 9780452287020 ) Edition Language English Characters Johannes Vermeer, Griet, Pieter van Ruijven setting Delft (Netherlands) Delft, 1664 (Netherlands) Literary Awards ALA Alex Award (2001), Lincoln Award Nominee (2006), Premi Llibreter de narrativa Nominee (2001) (171)