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Girl with a Blog

Hi, I’m Abbie Vandivere, a paintings conservator at the Mauritshuis, and the head researcher of the Girl in the Spotlight project. On this page I have been blogging and posting photos daily to update you on the technical examination of the Girl with a Pearl Earring.

Between 26 February and 12 March 2018, an international team of scientists, conservators and researchers have undertaken a technical examination of our most beloved painting.

The research project is a Mauritshuis initiative, with a team of internationally recognised specialists working within the collaborative framework of the Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science (NICAS), including Rijksmuseum, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), and the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE).

Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring. Mauritshuis, The Hague.
  Title  Subject
 1  Who's that girl  Introduction to research project 
 2  Preparing for the exam  What will happen in the Golden Room 
 3  Beauty is more than skin deep Samples / Imaging 
 4  How much is the Girl worth? 1903-1960 restorations 
 5  Vermeer illuminated  1994 treatment 
 6  Say cheese  Technical photography 
 7  A blank canvas  Canvas 
 8 From the ground up Ground 
 9 Watching paint dry  Oil 
10  Art supply and demand  Paint, and where materials come from 
11  Seeing red  Vermilion and cochineal 
12  It's all there in black and white  Blacks and lead white 
13  Background check  Background 
14  Up close and personal  Under the microscope 
15  Contouring, highlighting and blending  Skin 
16  Dressed to impress  Yellow and browns 
17  Out of the blue Blues  
18  Glazed over  Glazes and varnish 
19  You’re cracking me up  Cracks 
20  Wrap-up Wrap-up  

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