Copying Vermeer Girl with a Pearl Earring



Wednesdays 2 – 23 February 2022
Evening Class 7pm-9pm

Duration: 4 Weeks / 2-Hour Class Each Week
Format: Live Online Zoom Course
Level: Intermediate / Advanced

Girl with a Pearl Earring is Vermeer’s most famous painting, and one of the world’s favourite paintings of all time. Technically, it is not a portrait, but rather, a ‘tronie’ – a headshot designed more as still life of facial features than as an attempt to capture a likeness.

This 4-week course shows you the methods, materials and techniques used by Vermeer as we recreate this famous painting. Few studio manuals explaining the practical methods and techniques of Dutch 17th-century painters exist. Most of the learning was passed from master to apprentice in the studio (or ‘atelier’) over the course of several years of training. Most of our knowledge about painting methods from this period is gleaned from a mixture of contemporary painting techniques and scientific analyses of paintings.

We will be copying this painting as authentically as possible but where some materials and pigments are very difficult, if not impossible, to source, we will use the nearest modern equivalents. Please pay special attention to the materials list for this course.

This course is ‘must’ for any Vermeer enthusiasts, or any painters interested in the 17th-century northern European style.

Vermeer can rightfully claim a place among the greatest Dutch masters of the Golden Age. He was acclaimed in his lifetime only to sink gradually into semi-oblivion during the eighteenth century and, finally, was recompensed by his rediscovery and seeming deification in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

– Wayne Frantis on Vermeer, from Dutch Seventeenth-Century Genre Painting

Please see further details including materials list (under “Requirements”) in the sections below.

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