VERMEER, Johannes
(b. 1632, Delft, d. 1675, Delft)

Girl with a Pearl Earring (detail)

c. 1665
Oil on canvas
Mauritshuis, The Hague

The girl is wearing an exotic turban and is set against a neutral, dark background, very nearly black, which establishes a powerful three-dimensionality of effect - a process recommended by Leonardo da Vinci.