Open Call

My Girl with a Pearl

Create your version of Girl with a Pearl Earring for a chance to hang in the Vermeer Room at the Mauritshuis.

Johannes Vermeer, the painter of the Girl, will receive special attention in 2023. From early February to early June, there will be a major Vermeer exhibition at the Rijksmuseum. Of course, Girl with a Pearl Earring cannot be missed, which is why she will leave for Amsterdam for a short period.

But, don't be afraid of an empty spot on the wall. On the contrary! This sleepover offers a unique opportunity. For we invite all creative admirers to a special open call: create your version of Girl with a Pearl Earring and stand a chance of hanging in the Vermeer Room of the Mauritshuis.

15 January 2023

The rules? There are few. Surprise us! A self-portrait with a bath towel as a turban, a painted iron or even a pile of crockery: nothing is too crazy for us. Because almost everyone knows the painting, the Girl is easy to recognise. The distinctive colours, shapes and typical use of light: before you know it, there she is.


Share your Girl with us
From February to June 2023, anyone has a chance to hang in the digital frame in her famous room. In the museum. Where hundreds of people a day can admire your Girl.

The selected creations will be displayed for one week in a digital frame in the Vermeer Room of the Mauritshuis. All entries that use the hashtag #mygirlwithapearl, tag the Mauritshuis and have a public Instagram profile will be displayed on the website.

Does the Girl with a Pearl Earring inspire you too? And are your hands itching to get started? Go for it! Here are the steps:

1. Fill in the form and upload your Girl before 15 January.
2. Share your creation on Instagram with the tags @mygirlwithapearl and @mauritshuis_museum and use the hashtag #mygirlwithapearl. If you have a public profile, we can share your work on our site and socials. 
3. Who knows, maybe you will see your Girl back at the museum!

Need inspiration? On the Instagram account @mygirlwithapearl you will find the most extraordinary versions of the iconic painting.