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The mystery behind a Tronie 1/4

At the moment the Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague announced that Vermeer’s masterpiece and world-famous painting “The Girl with the Pearl Earring” was subjected to a thorough research project, Edwin IJpeij decided to create a tronie based on the techniques of the old masters. He was curious if the research results would correspond with the method he learned from the tracts of the 15th-17th century. And there is good news, which he will share in the next weeks on this blog.


What is actually a tronie? A tronie, according to the definition, is a portrait study of an unnamed model. The word tronie origins from Dutch and means “head” or “face”. It originates from Middle Dutch words, “troonie” or “trongie”, and is borrowed from the French “tronge”. Why would a contemporary artist want to make a tronie? In addition to the above-mentioned reason, there are two additional reasons:
(i) he wanted to make an attempt to feel what an old master had to endure and what creative problems he had to solve for making a trone, and 
(ii) he wanted to test his skills and craftsmanship.

Comparison Vermeer and Edwin IJpeij of the new Girl with no pearl

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