Vermeer created this iconic image in 1665. He was a master of light and you can see this is the glow of the woman’s face and lips. The earring is considered to be unfeasibly large for a pearl and is possibly tin. ‘The girl with the tin earring’ doesn’t sound quite the same somehow! In 1881 the painting was sold at auction for the princely sum of 2 gilders 30 cents (24 euros at today’s purchasing power).
This wonderful painting is on display at the Mauritshuis in The Hague, Holland.