Banksy’s “The Girl With A Pierced Eardrum” painted
in Bristol’s Albion Dock in 2019 has experienced a Covid-19 makeover.
The famous piece inspired by the other more famous piece
“Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer has been
enhanced by the addition of the now-ubiquitous blue face mask on the girl’s
Word on the street is that the addition might not be that of the famously reclusive artist himself but that of an admirer. Usually, Banksy gives his pieces on the street his imprimatur by posting them on his Instagram account. At the time of this posting on BSA, such action hasn’t yet been taken.
Two things in the news today about Street Art man of mystery, Banksy:
Thing 1: He was not arrested, cuffed and covered with a shroud yesterday as reported and re-Tweeted throughout the street-art-isphere, but that hoax was excellent! (Also, don’t you think he must be older than 35 by now?) See video at end.
Thing 2: It looks like he has just created a new piece referencing a 350 year old painting by the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer that uses a pearl earring for a focal point. In Banksy’s case, it is golden ADT security alarm box.
“Girl With the Pierced Ear” in this new image just released online, appears to be Banksy’s monochromatic take on the oil master Vermeer, below.