This fictional book (published in 2003), Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, covers the life of artist Vermeer, set in the 1660s, in Delft, Holland. The main character is a teenage girl, who becomes a maid in Vermeer’s home after her father is blinded by a kiln explosion and loses his livelihood.
A quick read, and enjoyable book. But not entirely satisfying, it seems, to me. I did like the character of Griet, the maid. Although she did change somewhat over the course of the story, I felt a couple changes were lacking, I wanted more. Most of the rest of the characters were static.
I do feel that I may have learned something about how an artist may see, and how such an artist may consider color. I liked the use of guilds in the story.
I watched the movie years ago, probably while it was on the new release wall at the video store. I don’t recall much of the movie, although I do remember it as very beautiful.
Here’s the author’s website.