I sent the visual comparisons to my art friends who agreed it was an uncanny resemblance; maybe it was the eyes someone suggested.
There is a new exhibition at the Springfield's D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts called "Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World". One of the exhibited phony paintings is John Myatt's 'Girl with the Pearl Earring'. Then I began to think, was I comparing a Vermeer's painting or a fake. So back to the Internet I went. Which one of the images found below is a forgery?
Phew! I did have a the authentic image of Vermeer's masterpiece when doing my comparisons. The right hand image is a fake and can be purchased at Juchuan Art. This web site boasts of offering over 15,000, 100% hand painted oil paintings. Of course they're painted on canvas!... do I look like a fool?
In this world, there is only one, truly unique, Girl with the Pearl Earring, hand painted by the master, Johannes Vermeer. But why be so concerned about viewing a fake vs the original? An interesting BBC article can be read at this link, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-16032234 It's all about brain waves!