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Author Tracy Chevalier explains how she turned a single image into a novel. (TED)

How Do You Find A Story In A Painting?

by NPR/TED Staff
Jun 7, 2013 (TED Radio Hour)

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Author Tracy Chevalier speaking at the TED Salon in 2012.

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Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Framing The Story.

About Tracy Chevalier's TEDTalk

When writer Tracy Chevalier looks at paintings, she imagines the stories behind them: How did the painter meet his model? What would explain that look in her eye? She shares the story of Vermeer's most famous painting that inspired her best-selling novel "Girl With a Pearl Earring."

About Tracy Chevalier

Novelist Tracy Chevalier is the author of Girl With a Pearl Earring. Chevalier pulls stories from paintings and historical episodes, finding the human thread behind opaque images. Her other books include The Lady and the Unicorn and Burning Bright, about two children who become neighbors of William Blake.

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