Artists in the Movies: “Girl with a Pearl Earring” at the Guilford Free Library
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January 23, 2017 @ 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Girl with a Pearl Earring (2004) 100 mins. PG-13
Adapted from a work of fiction by author Tracy Chevalier, this film tells the story of the events surrounding the creation of the painting “Girl With a Pearl Earring” by 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. Little is known about the girl in the painting, but it is speculated that she was a maid who lived in the house of the painter along with his family and other servants. Griet, played by Scarlett Johansson, is a maid in the house of painter Johannes Vermeer, played by British actor Colin Firth. Vermeer’s wealthy patron and sole means of support, Van Ruijven, commissions him to paint Griet with the intent that he will have her for himself before it is finished. She must must somehow secretly pose for the crucial painting without the knowledge of Vermeer’s wife, avoid Van Ruijven’s grasp, and protect herself from the cruel gossip of the world of a 17th century servant.
Sponsored by the Library and the Guilford Art Center.