In Haarlem you can see Golden Age painter Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” as street art. She is hidden away in one of Haarlem’s beautiful little streets.
Where is she?
Unlike many works of street art, Girl with a Pearl Earring isn’t a large piece so you have to look for it. You can find her in Kokstraat, gracefully placed on what could have been a small window at some point, recessed in a red brick wall between the houses.
I like this interpretation of ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring” because it makes what is considered “high art” accessible, relevant and fun.
“Girl with a Pearl Earring” is Vermeer’s most well known painting can be seen at the Mauritshuis museum in Den Haag.
More to see nearby
- Next to the Grote Kerk on the main market square is an unusual marble sculpture.
- Explore Haarlem’s city centre: here are three things to see and do.
- See the former Haarlemsche Brood- en Meelfabriek (Haarlem’s Bread and Flour Factory) building at Bakenessergracht 71 (near the Girl with a Pearl Earring).
- Hungry? Visit Bij Babette, Haarlem’s only English tearoom. Here you can find fluffy scones, unusual tea blends and delicious light lunches.
Where is Kokstraat?
Kokstraat is wedged between the Bakenessergracht and the Spaarne River.
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