I have a cold, but today is my first day in a while that I have nothing I need to do, so it's a lazy day. I have been studying the works of Vermeer on EssentialVermeer.com all morning.
I just finished rereading one of my favorite children's books last night, Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett. It is an excellent art mystery. I'm hesitant to even call it a mystery, however, because most of it doesn't make logical sense. The plot relies on coincidences and intuition and strange supernatural happenings. You are left wondering how much of it was real and how much was a product of the children's overactive imaginations. It is brilliant.
My favorite Vermeer painting is The Girl with the Pearl Earring. I think she is more beautiful and mysterious than the Mona Lisa.