Book Review: The Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

The Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

The Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

Rating: 3/5

Inspired by the famous painting, the story is about Griet, a 16 year old girl who is hired to be a maid in the home of the Dutch painter, Johannes Vermeer in Delft, Holland. Griet must navigate her new position in the household as she is drawn into the world of her master’s painting while also supporting her own family and preparing for her future. ⁣

What I liked: ⁣

The parts of the story that involved Vermeer’s art process were my absolute favorite. I am a fan of his paintings and being able to learn more about his process made his works all the more interesting to me. The book went into detail on how he made and mixed his paint colors, setting up his studio and the overall process he goes through to create his art. ⁣

What I didn’t like: ⁣

The plot, setting, and characters were a little flat for me. I would have liked a more detailed setting and developed characters. The relationships between the characters in the story were strange to me and hard to grasp. ⁣

I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy stories from the 17th century Dutch Golden Age, Baroque art, or art history in general. If you are looking for a quick historical fiction to read, this would be a good one. ⁣

Interesting Links

TedEd: Why is Vermeer’s “Girl with the Pearl Earring” so captivating?

Google Arts & Culture has an amazing page on Vermeer with tons of interesting resources including up close interactive images, online exhibits, videos, and articles. You can even take an augmented reality exhibition tour of all of his works in one place!

This book was also made into a movie in 2003 starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson.

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