Pearls: Katura Design Inspired by Vermeer’s ‘Girl With a Pearl Earring’

New Girl With a PearlThe “Girl With a Pearl Earring” painting by Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer has inspired many, ­including Lee Wiser McIntosh. The Atlanta-based ­jewelry maker and founder of Katura Design is such a fan that she recently commissioned a ­photographer to shoot a series of portraits that take a page from the haunting masterpiece.“Vermeer’s painting has long lingered in my mind: the glance, the composition, the lighting, and the singular pearl earring,” says McIntosh. While the designer didn’t want to replicate the painting exactly, she strived to answer the question “How might that painting have appeared had Vermeer had access to the pearls we have today?”A girl with a pearl earring by Katura DesignShe hired Atlanta-based photographer Steve Pelosi, along with pros for hair and makeup. When it came to casting, McIntosh, who worked in film production

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