X-Rays Uncover Damage Behind 'Girl with a Pearl Earring'

At the end of the nineteenth century, Vermeer's 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' sold for a pittance, an unknown work by an artist who was only beginning to achieve recognition. Today it is revered as a great masterpiece, so famous that it is recognizable by its title alone, with the name of its maker being almost superfluous.

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