I wanted to actually make people look at a painting. We don’t look at paintings that much. We glance at them.

Scarlet Johansson and Peter Webber on set of Girl with a Pearl Earring

There are some of us who do, who go to galleries and stuff. And I thought, “Right. I’ve got the audience there. I’ve had them for an hour and half. Now is an opportunity to really make them look. Look at that painting!”

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Peter Webber, British, director


Girl with Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer, 1665, click for detail/high resolution
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