Vermeer's Hat

Vermeer's Hat: The seventeenth century and the dawn of the global world

History , European History
Paperback Published on: 16/07/2009
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'Effortless and compelling, Brooks is a wonderful storyteller. I doubt I will read a better book this year.' Sunday Telegraph

Each of Vermeer's paintings tells a story. In one, a military officer leans toward a laughing girl; in another, a woman stands by a window and weighs silver; in a third, fruit spills from a porcelain bowl onto a lavish Turkish carpet.

Hiding in plain sight, these details hint at the intricate threads that bound Vermeer's world together - the officer's hat is made from North American beaver, bought with silver extracted from the mines of Peru, while beaver pelts were traded in their thousands for the Chinese porcelain so beloved by the Dutch in the Golden Age. From a view of Delft, Vermeer gives us the world.

As a new Vermeer exhibition opens at the Rijksmuseum, the largest of its kind in history, Vermeer's Hat offers a fascinating perspective on how the burgeoning forces of trade and commerce shaped Vermeer's masterpieces.

  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781846681202
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Weight: 220g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 22 mm

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Vermeer's Hat
Vermeer's Hat
A great introduction to describing the 17th century's economic & trading history from a Dutch perspective. Brook has chosen 8 works, 5 by Vermeer, and focu... READ MORE
Joe Franks
Vermeer's Hat
Doesn’t do what it says on the tin!
Gave up half way thru chapter 5 in the middle of a long discourse about how tobacco got to China. I came to this book from a Dutch culture point of vie... READ MORE