Why is Vermeer’s “Girl with the Pearl Earring” considered a masterpiece? – James Earle

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Is she turning towards you or away from you? No one can agree. She’s the subject of Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with the Pearl Earring,” a painting often referred to as the ‘Mona Lisa of the North.’ But what makes this painting so captivating? James Earle explains how this work represents the birth of a modern perspective on economics, politics, and love.

Lesson by James Earle, animation by Tess Martin.


9enius says:

Vermeer cheated

Fonzi Ru says:

The animation in Ted videos is art itself

Meshwa -Mitsuki- Soni says:

Okay but why does the narrator’s voice sound so relaxing? Like, if he was my history teacher, I’d actually listen in class.

Shino Buu says:


Afif Jazimin says:

Eunha in sunny summer.

Rene James says:

Beautiful painting.

Kurt E. Clothier says:

I’ve always thought she was turning towards you because her eyes are looking at you. Have you ever tried to turn away while focusing on something to your side? It actually hurts my eye muscles to do so. You naturally follow your gaze when you walk and drive; this is no exception.

Jesu Sode says:

I didn’t even notice that it just a smudge and not a real pearl

Weirdo says:

My teacher has that painting in his classroom. He said a former student of his painted it. And I have to say, that former student of his must be really talented because it looks like the exact replica of the original.

mejor no says:

This painting always makes me feel as if the girl was looking at me from her own era, and could tell I am looking back at her.

DonoTheGamer says:

I’ve noticed, the paintings that are magnificent and include someone in it are the ones that we don’t know of the identity or history of the person in the painting.


Why is MONA LISA considered masterpiece?

Andrew Lankford says:

Part of it is expert use of light. Part of it is art experts instructing everyone on why this is a masterpiece.

Nerdy Animations says:

She looks like my cousin

Ethan H says:

This video made my jaw drop.


Were studying this at my school lol

Red Butterfly says:

Onother grand story to make a simple things valueable to masses.. Dont spread this non sense. This is the reason why a simple things gets glammed bec of media spreads it.. Focus on knowledge that cab be usefull to have a great big world earth.

VFX Relay says:

Can someone tell me the name of the other paintings mentioned in the video?

D is for D.i.M says:

She’s really pretty but she scares tf out of me

Karlos Badblood says:

because he was connected to rembrandt.

ray zoric says:

Pollock: lul

Hyunju's Corner says:

Has anyone read the book by Tracy Chevalier? I recently made a review on it. I loved how history and fiction were weaved together seamlessly. And I wonder what other people who love the painting thought of the story.

Seditia Rose says:

She resembles Shelley Duvall

Aaki says:

I see beauty in art.
But see confusion in its analysis

Mini Art Docs_ART103 says:

Art doesn’t lie …

guitarsid says:


Anthony Butler says:

Some of the painting’s popularity may be down to the fact that she is a babe, or at least to today’s eyes… Would anybody still fancy the old moaning Lisa, after all?

Vince Govianni says:

Watch the movie by the same name.

rodney blair says:

While I was standing in front of the original at The Hague for 10 to 12 minutes,dozens of morons were snapping photos.

BehrooZ Abshar says:

From PERSIA, ArmeniA, Israel, GoergiA with Passion

Faith says:

These portraits are famous because the women have no eyebrows so it makes you question what they’re doing/thinking

Bee Nadal says:

‘just a smudge of paint’

Now I can’t unsee it. Ugh.

Naveen Nandhanan says:

I thought I had no taste for paintings and it would always be like that…..but this great artist’s paintings are just so amazing and captivating that I hv changed my mind…..

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