Girl with a Pearl Earring: Educational Resources

Dear Educator:

Thank you for supporting your students’ visit to the exhibition Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis, on view at the de Young Museum. The de Young is the first venue in this American tour of masterpieces from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague. Housing one of the world's most prestigious collections of Dutch Golden Age paintings, this jewel box of a museum has not lent a large body of works from its holdings in nearly 30 years. An extensive two-year renovation makes this extraordinary opportunity possible. 

The exhibitions features thirty-five paintings representing the full range of subject matter and techniques characteristic of 17th-century painting in the Dutch Republic. Among the works traveling to the United States are celebrate Girl with a Pearl Earring (ca. 1665) by Johannes Vermeer and The Goldfinch (1654) by Carel Fabritius. Vase of Flowers (1700) by the gifted Rachel Ruysch, one of the few female painters of the Dutch Golden Age, was restored especially for the American tour.

The resources assembled here will provide you and your students with tools for viewing the works in the exhibition. They are organized around three themes:

  • Past and Present: Everyday Life during the Dutch Golden Age and Now (K–5th grades)
  • Economic Growth and Cultural Influence during the Dutch Golden Age (6th–8th grades)
  • Sight and Seeing: Then and Now (9th–12th grades)

Materials prepared by:

  • Cami Gordon, FAMSF School Programs                                                                                                                                                                  
  • Anna Slavin, FAMSF intern, and the Museum Ambassadors                                                                                                                         
  • Katie Quintana, Monte Vista Elementary School

Download the Girl with a Pearl Earring educational materials as a PDF (221KB).

Image Gallery

Jan van Goyen, View of the Rhine near Hochelten, 1653
Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring, ca. 1665
Adriaen van Ostade, The Violinist, 1673
Abraham van Beyeren, Banquet Still Life, after 1665