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The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeers (1665)

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Girl with a Pearl Earring-1653 The Girl with a Pearl Earring is a beautiful Dutch painting by Johannes Vermeers that tells a tale of every girls dream-earings! The painting was originally entitled Girl with a Turban (1665) but was renamed in the second part of the Twentieth Century. It is believed that the painting was of Maria a 13-year old daughter of Vermeer. Others have argued that is was a 16 year old maid Vermeer took a liking to. Some have referred to the picture as the Mona Lisa of the North that represents purity. Vermeer is somewhat of a mystery to the world as no pictures or detailed records can be found. We do know that he was born as a son to an inn keeper and had his earliest experiences serving spirits. He lived most of his life in the Delft which has a population of about 25,000 people. In 1653 he married the wealthy Catharina Bolnes and converted to Catholicism. As the town was predominately Protestant they attended two hidden churches near their home. Due to war

The Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijn (1642)

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The Night Watch (1642) is one of the most famous paintings by Rembrandt van Rijn. The name is actually incorrect as the painting was inappropriately covered in dark varnish and appears to depict a night scene. However, the varnish was removed in the 1940's giving the total work a brighter image of day time. The painting was originally entitled Patrouille de Nuit by the French and "Night Watch" by Sir Joshua Reynolds. The intent of the painting was to move the subjects into the bright light of the day. Rembrandt was born in Leyden to a miller and the daughter of a baker. His father owned a windmill and people came to use the saying that Rembrandt was "born in a windmill". He was brought into a family of five siblings. His father decided that he should study to be a lawyer but instead he turned to art. He received his earliest training from a relative by the name of Jacob van Swanenburch before moving onto more skilled masters. He finally moved to Amsterdam a

"The Market Cart" by Thomas Gainsborough: Rural English Society

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The Market Cart 1786 The Market Cart by Thomas Gainsborough is set in the scenery of rural England in 1786. The work is currently at home in National Gallery, London. The painting is of country folk returning their farm goods from the market. Within the work you can find a wood cutter picking up faggots, a family on the way to their market, and a trustworthy dog walking along the horse. It is a peaceful scenery with large oaks and nice weather that is about to turn into evening. It is a family tired, making their way home, after a long day traveling to and from the local market. Thomas Gainsborough was a child prodigy that learned the love for art from his mother and was found painting nearly everything within his neighborhood. His father, John Gainsborough, was a cloth merchant in Sudbury, Suffolk. Thomas studied under Hayman in London and then moved on to continue his occupation. Around the age of 20 Thomas married Margaret Burr the illegitimate daughter of the