*baroque experiments


Peter Webber’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, (2003), is one of my all time favorite films. The lighting, the cast, the costumes, and the musical score are all masterful. The hair re-creations portrayed in the film — specifically those donned by actress Essie Davis who plays Vermeer’s wife — Catharina Bolenes, are particularly interesting. Always a bizarre mix of quite tightly arranged braids, frazzled loose bits, and small trinketry in the form of feathers or small broach-like pieces make me wonder what it would be like to be one such woman, making themselves up in a time wear make-up was really not a thing. Titian and Vermeer’s ladies are often documented with strange, ornate up-dos.. always inspiring, if not a bit odd…Fabulous nonetheless.