- Tapa blanda: 288 páginas
- Editor: Profile Books; Edición: Main (16 de julio de 2009)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1846681200
- ISBN-13: 978-1846681202
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Vermeer's Hat: The seventeenth century and the dawn of the global world (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 16 jul 2009
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Spell-binding ... as a guide to the world behind the pictures Vermeer's Hat is mind-expanding (John Carey Sunday Times)
A brilliant attempt to make us understand the reach and breadth of the first global age (Kathryn Hughes Guardian)
Brook takes you into the paintings in a way that can be spookily intimate (William Leith Evening Standard 2009-07-16)
Brook is a gifted storyteller... spellbinding... a treasure trove of astonishing pleasures (The Lady 2009-07-21)
How brilliantly Brook connects all with all (Guardian 2009-07-25)
Revelatory (Sunday Business Post 2009-07-19)
Illuminating footnotes to Vermeer's miracles on canvas (Independent 2009-08-07)
An erudite, surprising book that finds traces of swashbuckling where you'd least expect (Thomas Marks Daily Telegraph 2009-08-15)
Truly mesmerising. In this accessible but authoritative study, he... shows better than anyone I've read so far, the truly subversive power of detail (Lesley McDowell Independent on Sunday 2009-08-23)
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In one painting, a Dutch military officer leans toward a laughing girl. In another, a woman at a window weighs pieces of silver. In a third, fruit spills from a porcelain bowl onto a Turkish carpet. The officer's dashing hat is made of beaver fur, which European explorers got from Native Americans in exchange for weapons. Beaver pelts, in turn, financed the voyages of sailors seeking new routes to China. There - with silver mined in Peru - Europeans would purchase, by the thousands, the porcelain so often shown in Dutch paintings of this time.
Vermeer's haunting images hint at the stories behind these exquisitely rendered moments. As Timothy Brook shows us in Vermeer's Hat, these pictures, which seem so intimate, actually open doors onto a rapidly expanding world.Ver Descripción del producto
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This book is based on a premise that sounds interesting at first: selecting several objects that appear in Vermeer's paintings (and a couple of other items), and providing a historical and social grounding and context for each. It is very well written, researched, and will probably be a fascinating read to anyone interested in the detailed, extensive historical accounts of beginnings of early fur-trade in today's Canada, the evolution of market forces and trade routes that shaped the porcelain trade and, in general, detailed historical accounts of early exploration travel and commerce between West and East. As a historical exploration of these topics, this is a 5-star book.
The title, however, suggests (promises?) that the connections between the material culture that developed as a result of inter-continental travel and commerce of the time, and Vermeer and his art will somehow be at the core of the book, and that there will be a strong connection between them. They are not; and there isn't (at least not beyond material culture of any period being reflected in its arts). This is really the only criticism I have: the book should have been titled "The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World (with a few items picked from Vermeer's paintings, and two other sources of the period, used as a point of departure)."
I was hoping for a much stronger Vermeer / art connection, and while it was interesting to find out more about the objects and context for some of the items, I found myself skimming and flipping through pages and pages of text that while interesting in its own way, was taking me too far away from my primary interest in art and Vermeer as an artist. The opening chapter (that focuses on Vermeer's View of Delft) has what I personally found to be a perfect balance between a wider context and Vermeer's art - it informed the way I look at this painting in new, fascinating ways, providing an innovative perspective, a fresh departure from the usual art-history books coverage of this topic. But past this very promising introduction, the focus shifted almost entirely to the "dawn of the global world" focus, with only occasional, infrequent substantive mentions of Vermeer.
For someone who - like me - was hoping for a cultural and historical context presented in a way that has a much tighter and direct connection to the art and the artist (that actually provides the type of background that is directly useful in looking at Vermeer's paintings), the fascinating Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing... turned out to be a much more satisfying, focused read (or at least a better starting point).