His work is pretty incredible, and gets a lot of well deserved respect.
"Girl with the Pearl Earring" has become a cultural phenomenon, known to millions who have no idea who did the original painting.
His reputation is probably big
enough to take a little ribbing.
My hosts at the Rechtuis van Zouteveeen had a gallery of "Gw/tPE" variations, done (I think) by Rene Jacobs of Galerie de Kunstkop in Delft.
The images speak for themselves... a reproduction of the original with a touch of lipstick, and some variations on the theme. Appealed to the little kid in me!