Why Is Vermeer's "Girl with the Pearl Earring" Considered a Masterpiece?

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Johannes Vermeer's Girl with the Pearl Earring is the subject of a short video that asks viewers to consider why the enigmatic painting has captured the attention of so many. Using other Vermeer works to provide a contrast, the narrator suggests the painting makes a statement about the changes in Dutch society.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Flip the lesson, asking class members to watch the video, complete the comprehension check, and research some of the links before returning for a full class discussion
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Classroom Considerations

  • The video presumes that viewers are familiar with the Mona Lisa and the controversies surrounding da Vinci's famous work
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  • The resource includes the video, a comprehension check, links to related articles, and a discussion question
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