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From: Out of the blue: Vermeer’s use of ultramarine in Girl with a Pearl Earring

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a Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring, c. 1665, oil on canvas, 44.5 × 39 cm, Mauritshuis, The Hague (inv. nr. 670). Photo credits: René Gerritsen Art & Research Photography. b Visible light image of the blue headscarf, showing the sample locations (red dots) and microphotograph areas shown in cf (white boxes). c Detail of right (shadow) side. d Detail showing the grey ground beneath the light blue highlight. e The light blue of the middle tone applied thickly, using curved brushstrokes to create ‘undulating’ folds between the highlight and midtone. f Wide brushstroke of intensely-coloured blue glaze that overlaps the lighter blue layer of the middle tone

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