The “Wistful Painting” is a girl wearing a pearl earring. It’s like that became the very obvious name of the painting!

The real Wistful Painting

The “Wistful Painting” is sometimes fake… and haunted!

The real version of the painting features a.. pearl earring. Obviously. The fake Wistful Painting has a star for an earring… and if you view it at night, it also will have closed eyes! Because it is haunted!

Fake Wistful painting

Once you get a copy of the non-haunted version, take it to the museum, and the description provided on the plaque will read:

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer, circa 1665

Oil on canvas

Also known as “Girl with a Turban,” this piece uses ultramarine paint, which was expensive at the time. It seems the expense was worth it, as the vivid blue colors draw the eye and help make the piece a classic. The only question is… Is that a real pearl earring? Or something else…

The real painting is very nice as well, and very not haunted:

The Girl with a Pearl Earring

Girl with a Pearl Earring, via WikiCommons

This is an interesting painting though – although the girl is looking right at you, you actually can’t tell who she is! You can’t see any of her hair, so you can’t tell her hair color. Her eyes are clearly visible, but her eye color is…. ambiguous. Perhaps she’s not a real person at all – just a suggestion of beauty of the time? No one knows!

That earring too, though. Is it even really a pearl?! It would be a very large one, if it were!

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