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The Girl With the Pearl Earring

The Girl With the Pearl Earring

Jan Vermeer’s painting from 1665 is remarkable for what it says and doesn’t say.     I studied it in school many years ago, and have always loved it, but now see it differently, with a back story and another face there. A merger, a gap, a crossing. Scarlett Johansson stares back at me now. She didn’t then. I saw something else. I saw beautiful, lush brush strokes, vibrant, heated colors, and a woman who was bemused, experienced, perhaps even…

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