Could time stand still? Could Johannes Vermeer have known that? Fascinated by Vermeer’s timeless works, Dutch photographer Caroline Sikkenk, visited historical locations in Delft associated with Vermeer.  Most of her subjects were photographed at these locations.

It is almost three and a half centuries ago and yet when analysing the pictures, time appears to have stood still! From large poetic works to a series of tranquil portraits, one gets to see iconic Vermeer figures with modern features. Despite all the differences, the image remains intact. Is the subject reading a letter or Instagramming? Could it be that anyone could be the girl (or boy) with a Pearl earring.


'A mesmerizing photographic series.'- National Gallery of Art, Washington

'A timely message of diversity and inclusion.' - MvVO Art Show, New York City

‘The Girl with a Pearl Earring into today's vibrant streetscape. The original image remains present in the background and makes everyone become one'. - Mauritshuis, The Haque


The exhibition has had its premiere between June 2019 and December 31 2019 at the Vermeer Center, Delft.  Currently some of the works are now part of the permanent collection.

In December 2020 and January 2021, the Mauritshuis Museum The Hague has shown a beautifully made video on a large screen in front of the museum with the photos of Girls (and Guys) with pearls. The connecting message: 'Our Girl. Your Girl. The Girl belongs to everyone.'

Girls with Pearls was featured on monumental digital large screens in May 2022 as a special feature of the MvVO Art Show at the iconic New York City landmark the Oculus at the Westfield World Trade Center, Manhattan.

February 6 - April 1, 2023 the exhibition 'Pearls of Light' will be shown at the Oude Kerk, Delft.

A beautiful photo book of the Girls with Pearls is now also available. Are you interreted and would you like to order a photo book? Send an email via the contact page of this website or send an email to info@photoline.nl

The photo book is also available at the museum shop of the Old and New Church Delft, Museum Prinsenhof, Vermeer Center Delft, VVV Delft, Mauritshuis. Or via the Percell sales, www.percellshop.nl and bol.com

Photoline • Caroline Sikkenk • Laurillardlaan 10 • 2082 HG Santpoort-Zuid • The Netherlands • +31(0)6 44 044 704 • info@photoline.nl

Photoline • Caroline Sikkenk
Laurillardlaan 10 • 2082 HG Santpoort-Zuid
The Netherlands
+31(0)6 44 044 704 •  info@photoline.nl

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