Johannes Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring
This well-known oil painting by Johannes Vermeer was completed in 1665. It shows a European girl in an exotic dress, an oriental turban, and what appears to be a large pearl earring. The beautiful girl in the painting is thought to be his eldest child Maria, who was also said to be his muse. She appears in other paintings by Johannes and bears an uncanny resemblance to the painting, though this theory has never been proven.