Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring back on display

Painting conservator and Head Researcher Abbie Vandivere with the Girl with a Pearl Earring.  The Mauritshuis
The Hague

THE HAGUE - Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, the public’s favourite from the collection of the Mauritshuis in The Hague, is back on display at the Mauritshuis after undergoing scientific examination. For two weeks the painting was removed from its usual location to allow researchers to perform in-depth scientific examination, conducted in the museum’s Golden Room in full view of the public. In order to make the research into the Girl with a Pearl Earring visible to visitors, the Mauritshuis constructed a studio with a glass enclosure in the museum’s ‘Golden Room’. The painting was examined 24 hours a day and as part of a multimedia presentation, Mauritshuis paintings conservator and head researcher Abbie Vandivere explained what was taking place inside the workshop using videos and daily updates.
A team of international researchers applied a range of examination techniques in the hope of finding out more about how Vermeer painted Girl with a Pearl Earring and what materials he used. Research will continue by analysing the terabytes of data collected. Final results will only be available after thorough analysis and comparison of this data.