The painting Girl with a Pearl Earring (Dutch: Het Meisje met de Parel). circa 1665, oil on canvas, is one of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer's masterworks and, as the name implies, uses a pearl earring for a focal point. Today the painting is kept in the Mauritshuis gallery in The Hague. It is sometimes referred to as "the Mona Lisa of the North" or "the Dutch Mona Lisa." Wikipedia.
That Head Turner’s Back, With an Old-School Posse - Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring” last visited New York in 1984, and much has happened since to burnish her allure.
Several sketches have been drawn by Leonardo Da Vinci that lead to a final painting, the Virgin and the Child with St. Anne. On this sketch of possibly St. Mary, Leonardo employed Sfumato (a technique to apply smoke for forms rather than edges to separate light and shadow). There’s no edge. It should disappear by blending same tone throughout. This also shows the master’s methodology of keeping his sketches in notes way before he was given a commission to work on a big project
Jan van Eyck's "The Arnolfini Portrait" (1434) "From the fabrics and the fur trimming of the clothes to the wooden window frame and the bull's eye windowpanes -- everything is depicted using a degree of detailed realism that makes objects seem almost tangible."