The painting "Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Johannes Vermeer is believed to have been painted sometime between 1665 and 1667. It is the only painting by Vermeer whose date of creation is definitely known, although there is much speculation surrounding its subject and purpose.
The painting depicts a girl wearing a turban and an exotic dress, looking away from the viewer with her head slightly turned. The most distinguishing element of the painting is the girl's right ear, which is adorned with a large pearl.
Vermeer was a master of light and composition, and many see this painting as one of his masterpieces. It has been argued that the painting is either a portrait of the artist's daughter or a Dutch courtesan, although the identity of the girl has never been confirmed.
Since it appeared in the 20th century, "Girl with a Pearl Earring" has become one of the world's most beloved and recognizable paintings. In 1995, the painting was beautifully restored, highlighting the original colors and shades of the work. It has become a hugely renowned painting and has inspired a movie, multiple books, and even a theater production.
The painting is currently held in the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague, Netherlands, where it can be viewed by visitors. Despite its small size, "Girl with a Pearl Earring" is an iconic piece of art that continues to captivate spectators.