segunda-feira, 12 de dezembro de 2011

Ilhas Cook - 5 Dollars "Old Masters of Europe" Johannes Vermeer

Ano: 2009
Valor facial: 5 Dollar
Diâmetro: 30x38 mm
Metal: Prata (.925)
Qualidade: Proof (inc. perola)
Peso: 25gr.
Tiragem: 5000 pçs

The Cook Islands issued this special coin with an authentic inlaid pearl. Johannes Vermeer was a Dutch Baroque painter who specialized in exquisite, domestic interior scenes of ordinary life. Vermeer worked slowly and with great care, using bright colors, sometimes expensive pigments, with a preference for cornflower blue and yellow. He is particularly renowned for his masterly treatment and use of light in his work. This beautiful coin is the first of the series "Old Masters of Europe" and is dedicated to his masterpiece. The obverse depicts Queen Elizabeth II’s profile. The painting “Girl with a Pearl Earring” (Dutch: Het Meisje met de Parel) is one of Vermeer's masterpieces and as the name implies, uses a pearl earring for a focal point. The painting is currently housed at The Mauritshuis in The Hague. It is sometimes referred to as "the Dutch Mona Lisa.”

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