The whole painting weeps and leads us downwards almost fully into despair, but it does not leave us there. As we descend to the large brown area in the bottom, we are moved back and up through the dark background area and finally led to arrive in the pearl in center of her hair just above her forehead. The pearl is easy to miss at first, and due to its size is not the first thing one sees upon entering the painting. At first one sees the blood, the knife, the cord, sadness and tears. However there is a beacon emanating from the pearl that will not let us go and pulls us back. The pearl is a becoming; it emerges from her hair and shines through all of the darkness of her hair, the background, the tears and death. Pearls are notable as gems in that they grow from living beings. The pearl in Lucretia’s head shines like a beacon, giving us a feeling of purity, innocence and nobility. While she might fall with the blood that is flowing out of her, the sense of light and integrity in her will never die. Pearls can be seen as symbolic of the suffering of Jesus Christ, as well as the passage of angels. This is giving Lucretia a holy space, one who has suffered and is passing up to heaven. Even without the religious metaphors, the treatment of the pearl gives us a feeling of a light emerging from darkness and moving upwards. As we look at the pearl we are moved to stand upright. We decline and bow with the blood and tears of Lucretia, but the pearl pulls us upright. We stand up strong and straight, possessed of a power of righteousness that will not let go of us.