Ten Great Portraits and Where to See Them
The Laughing Cavalier by Frans Hals
Nobody really knows who this man was ,he was not a cavalier but a wealthy, fashionable man aged about 26 living in the Netherlands in 1624.The love symbols on his sleeve of hearts and flaming torches suggest this may have been a betrothal portrait.
You can see this portrait at The Wallace Collection , London UK
Girl With A Pearl Earring by Vermeer
This much loved portrait is a character painting with the girl possibly a servant ,dressed in various props owned by Vermeer.A recent novel and film with the same title as the painting suggest that the expensive earrings were borrowed Vermeer's wife,she was not pleased.
This painting may be seen at Mauritshuis ,The Hague, Holland