Vermeer exhibition opens in Italy

A landmark exhibition has opened in Bologna, Italy, showcasing the work of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. His famous piece, Tge Girl with a Pearl Earring, is one of the many paintings on display at the exhibition at Palazzo Fava.
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Several items of merchandise are on display at the entrance of the exhibition 'La ragazza con l'orecchino di perla' (The Girl with a Pearl Earring) at Palazzo Fava on February 8, 2014 in Bologna, Italy. The exhibition 'The Girl with a Pearl Earring' will stay open until 25th May 2014. (Getty Images)
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A visitor takes a picture of Vermeer's 'La ragazza con l'orecchino di perla' (The Girl with a Pearl Earring) at Palazzo Fava on February 8, 2014 in Bologna, Italy. The exhibition 'The Girl with a Pearl Earring' will stay open until 25th May 2014. (Getty Images)
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A woman walks along the corridors of the exhibition 'La ragazza con l'orecchino di perla' (The Girl with a Pearl Earring) at Palazzo Fava on February 8, 2014 in Bologna, Italy. The exhibition 'The Girl with a Pearl Earring' will stay open until 25th May 2014. (Getty Images)
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The painting by Carel Fabritius 'Goldfinch' that is the cover of the latest novel by Donna Tartt is seen at the opening of the exhibition 'La ragazza con l'orecchino di perla' at Palazzo Fava on February 8, 2014 in Bologna, Italy. The exhibition 'The Girl with a Pearl Earring' will stay open until 25th May 2014 (Getty Images)
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The Director of the Mauritshuis Museum, Emilie E. S. Gordenker poses at the exhibition 'La ragazza con l'orecchino di perla' at Palazzo Fava on February 8, 2014 in Bologna, Italy. The exhibition 'The Girl with a Pearl Earring' will stay open until 25th May 2014 (Getty Images)
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Visitors admire some of the paintings at the exhibition 'La ragazza con l'orecchino di perla' (The Girl with a Pearl Earring) at Palazzo Fava on February 8, 2014 in Bologna, Italy. The exhibition 'The Girl with a Pearl Earring' will stay open until 25th May 2014. (Getty Images)
Mon 10 Feb 2014 12:34 PM