Happy Birthday Vermeer

I noticed that today is Jan Vermeer’s Birthday (1632) so Happy Birthday Vermeer. I have never seen a reproduction of his Girl with a Pearl Earring that does full justice to the stunning original hanging along with two other of his works in the Mauritshaus in The Hague.
I remember many years ago hearing an interview on NPR in which one of the justices (possibly the Chief Justice) sitting at the War Crimes Tribunal for the War in Bosnia then taking place in The Hague when asked how he was able to cope with listening to all of the horrors day after day, said that on his break he would go next door to the Museum and look at the Vermeers.-David Sokolec

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