Finally, the most famous feature of the picture are the drop-shaped pearl earrings of the heroine. They may, together with the turban, reveal the secret meaning of the canvas.
Probably, the message of the picture stems from the idea expressed by Saint Francisco Salsky in his work Introduction to the Pious Life, published in Holland in 1616. Salsky wrote that women and girls must protect their ears from “unclean” words, and try to hear only the morally pure sayings. Turban and earrings, in Vermeer’s work, probably represent the proper chastity.
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