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  •  READER COMMENTS

    Reader comments on Girl with a Pearl Earring

    Subject: Re: Remember, this story is completely fake
    Date: Oct 4, 2005
    Sender: MichaelPrevious | Next

    Yes, sweetie. That is why it is called "fiction."

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    Response to this comment:
    Remember, this story is completely fake

    The movie was beautiful, but remember that this is an entirely fictional story- conjured in the imagination of Tracy Chevalier. It is also mean-spirited and unfair to the memory of Vermeer and his wife Catherina, a form of vicious gossip against easy targets- victims who are incapable of defending themselves. The picture painted of the family was that of a nasty wife and mother in law and several spoiled brats in the house of a wimpy painter dependent on his creative talent. Actually, the Vermeers were in more of a lower middle class position and Vermeer's "day job" was as an art dealer. Not the kind of household that would breed the obnoxious brats the kids were depicted to be. There's no information on these children or their personalities, so why make up such a mean-spirited depiction? Also, the mother in law, Maria Thins, was the victim of domestic abuse by her husband, having been beaten when she was pregnant, dragged out of bed naked when she was sick, and in general lived in humiliation until she escaped. Does this seem consistent with the iron-willed matriarch in the movie? Again, why be so vicious to someone when there's not a shred of evidence that the true person was anything but a decent woman trying to make the best of a very difficult life?

    Not much is known about Vermeer's private life, either, but to the best of current knowledge, he and Catherine were deeply in love throughout their marriage. Vermeer married her despite a conflict of religion, and she gave birth 15 times (several died in infancy), at a time when it was common among the Dutch to practice family planning (generally families had 2 or 3 children). Vermeer did paint Catherina in several of his paintings, and when he died leaving her an enormous debt and eleven children to feed, she fought valiantly to keep his works when, if she were truly greedy and didn't appreciate his art, she could have sold them for quite a bit of money.

    Most academics believe that the girl in "The Art of Painting" and "Girl with a Pearl Earring" are the same model- Vermeer's eldest daughter, Maria.

    Some sites to check out:

    http://girl-with-a-pearl-earring.20m.com/Girl_with_a_Pearl%20Earring_The_Young_Girl.htm

    http://www.grin.net/~meluchie/articles/03times1028.html






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  • WEll Done   from Rysa4, Jun 8, 2004
  • Who?   from jay, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: Who?   from kezijane, Apr 3, 2005
  • The girl with the golden ring   from Andre, Feb 17, 2005
  • [no subject]   from , Apr 26, 2005
  • [no subject]   from , May 20, 2005
  • Remember, this story is completely fake   from Adrianne, Jul 10, 2005
  • » Re: Remember, this story is completely fake «   from Michael, Oct 4, 2005
  • Re: Remember, this story is completely fake   from George, Apr 19, 2007
  • I liked it   from , Apr 3, 2006
  • WEll Done   from Rysa4, Jun 8, 2004
  • Who?   from jay, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: Who?   from kezijane, Apr 3, 2005
  • The girl with the golden ring   from Andre, Feb 17, 2005
  • [no subject]   from , Apr 26, 2005
  • [no subject]   from , May 20, 2005
  • Remember, this story is completely fake   from Adrianne, Jul 10, 2005
  • » Re: Remember, this story is completely fake «   from Michael, Oct 4, 2005
  • Re: Remember, this story is completely fake   from George, Apr 19, 2007
  • I liked it   from , Apr 3, 2006