Girl with a Pearl Earring Finds Temporary Home in Atlanta

No, it’s not the starlet Scarlett Johansson, but the celebrated portrait by Vermeer on display at the High.

Photo provided by: The High Museum of Art Painted in 1665, the portrait can be seen at the High Museum of Art until September 29. She's never been down South.

The High Museum of Art and the Mauritshuis The Hague present an exhibition of Dutch masterworks that includes Johannes Vermeer’s iconic Girl with a Pearl Earring, an image made famous to a whole new generation by the 2003 movie starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth.

The 348-year-old girl has not been seen in the United States in more than 16 years and has never been down South. She was last seen below the Mason-Dixon Line in 1996 as part of a Vermeer retrospective at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The High exhibition, which also includes works by Rembrandt van Rijn, Frans Hals and Jan Steen, is open to the public through Sept. 29, 2013. Prior to this display, the High has surprisingly only shown one work by Rembrandt.

“For a selection of works from this renowned collection to be shown in the Southeast is a rare and extraordinary opportunity,” said Michael E. Shapiro, Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr., director of the High. “Paintings of this caliber are underrepresented in this part of the country and this exhibition will create an opportunity for our community to study and admire these works of art that rarely travel outside of Europe.”

To complement the exhibit there are lectures and activities throughout the summer and into the fall. This includes a showing of Girl with a Pearl Earring and a teen-themed night. See the High’s website for a full listing and get yourself some culture.

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