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Question asked 2017-09-27 15:45:45 ...
Most recent comment 2017-10-28 16:40:30
Photo-Documentation / Digital Printing
Technical Art History
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We will reach out to some conservators that we know from the Mauritshuis and see if we can find out for you. Keep in mind, though, the calibration and color management of your computers screen and printer may have as much or more of an effect that the original digital scan.
We are posting this answer on behalf of Mauritshuis paintings conservator Abbie Vandivere: The Mauritshuis image on the website is colour corrected and more colour accurate than the one in the other link. Brian is right that the calibration of your screen can have a significant effect. Also, if you look at the painting at the Mauritshuis, the blue areas (especially the back of her turban) look darker than this image; this also has to do with the lighting of painting for photography vs the gallery. I'm a paintings conservator at the Mauritshuis, and am involved in a research project about 'Girl with a Pearl Earring', where we will carry out a technical examination in front of the public in February-March 2018 (more details coming soon). One aspect we are investigating is whether degradation has occurred in the blues (and other areas), and how it has affected the modelling in the turban.We hope that the information we learn from non-invasive examination methods will help us answer more questions like yours about Vermeer's materials and techniques.In the meantime, I hope you are aware of the chapter about 'The Girl' in 'Vermeer Studies' (1996). There is also an app (available for phone and tablet) called 'Second Canvas: Mauritshuis' where you can zoom into 'The Girl' to an incredible level of detail.Good luck with the reconstruction! I would love to see some photos of your work in progress. Best wishes,
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