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Girl With A Pearl Earring and other treasures from the Mauritshuis

Girl With A Pearl Earring and other treasures from the Mauritshuis

David Bickerstaff

United Kingdom | 2015 | 1 h 27 min
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After two years on a blockbuster world tour, the Girl with a Pearl Earring returned home to the much-loved Mauritshuis gallery in The Hague, which had just completed extensive renovations. With huge queues lining up for a glimpse of her enigmatic beauty and nearly 1.2 million visitors at its stop in Japan, the enduring appeal of this masterpiece is indisputable. The beautifully filmed documentary goes in pursuit of the many unresolved riddles surrounding the extraordinary painting and its mysterious creator, Vermeer. Who was this girl? Why and how was it painted? Why is it so revered?
Director David Bickerstaff
Executive Production Phil Grabsky

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David Bickerstaff

David Bickerstaff

David Bickerstaff is an artist and award-winning filmmaker who founded Atomictv in 1997 as an umbrella organisation for developing digital art projects and collaborations. His documentary work and video installations such as The Lukhang, Hygieia, Heavy Water: a film for Chernobyl and Making War Horse have been broadcast in Britain and shown in many international festivals, which include the Wellcome Collection, Vitra Museum, Onedotzero, Festival International du Film sur L’Art Montreal, and the documentary fortnight at the Museum of Modern Art New York. In recent years, he has been directing and filming a series of short artist documentaries for Art360 Foundation, which offers funding for artists to build an archive of their work.

David has also been collaborating with producer Phil Grabsky at the innovative Exhibition On Screen, directing, filming, and co-writing ten feature-length art documentaries. This popular series is distributed to 63 countries and shown in over 1500 cinemas worldwide. Each film looks at an iconic artist and a major exhibition of their work in world-renowned art galleries. Titles include Sunflowers, Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait, Van Gogh & Japan, Degas: A Passion for Perfection, Michelangelo: Love and Death, Canaletto & The Art of Venice, along with other films about artists such as Claude Monet, Hieronymus Bosch and Francisco Goya.

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