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WATCH: What you probably don’t know about Vermeer’s “Girl with the Pearl Earring”

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The reasons this painting is considered a masterpiece

No one knows for sure who the subject of Dutch Master Vermeer’s “Girl with the Pearl Earring” was, or whether she is turning toward us or away from us in the image he painted. It remains a mystery. But this famous painting, often referred to as the “Mona Lisa of the North,” is captivating for what it conceals and what it reveals.

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