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Vermeers Hat

Vermeers Hat Book
Author : Timothy Brook
Publisher : Penguin Canada
Release : 2013-10-22
ISBN : 0143191004
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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In one painting, a military officer in a Dutch sitting room flirts with a laughing girl. In another, a woman at a window weighs pieces of silver. Vermeer’s paintings haunt us with their beauty and mystery—what stories lay behind these stunningly rendered moments? As Timothy Brook shows us, these pictures, which seem so intimate, actually offer a remarkable view of a rapidly expanding world. The dashing officer’s hat is of beaver fur from Canada, while the pieces of silver, mined in Peru, might be used to purchase the Chinese porcelain seen in other Vermeer paintings. Moving outward from Vermeer’s studio, Brook traces the web of trade that was spreading across the globe in the seventeenth century. The wharves of Holland, wrote a French visitor, were “an inventory of the possible.” Vermeer’s Hat shows just how rich this inventory was, and how the urge to acquire such things was refashioning the world more powerfully than we have yet understood.

Vermeer s Hat

Vermeer s Hat Book
Author : Professor of History and Republic of China Chair Timothy Brook,Timothy Brook
Publisher : Bloomsbury Press
Release : 2008
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Discusses how the moments captured in the paintings of Johannes Vermeer portray the increasing globalization of the seventeenth century, identifying significant objects and explaining how they document economical, industrial, and societal changes around t

Great State

Great State Book
Author : Timothy Brook
Publisher : Profile Books
Release : 2019-09-19
ISBN : 1782833471
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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China is one of the oldest states in the world. It achieved its approximate current borders with the Ascendancy of the Yuan dynasty in the 13th century, and despite the passing of one Imperial dynasty to the next, it has maintained them for the eight centuries since. Even the European colonial powers at the height of their power could not move past coastal enclaves. Thus, China remained China through the Ming, the Qing, the Republic, the Occupation, and Communism. But, despite the desires of some of the most powerful people in the Great State through the ages, China has never been alone in the world. It has had to contend with invaders from the steppe and the challenges posed by foreign traders and imperialists. Indeed, its rulers for the majority of the last eight centuries have not been Chinese. Timothy Brook examines China's relationship with the world from the Yuan through to the present by following the stories of ordinary and extraordinary people navigating the spaces where China met and meets the world. Bureaucrats, horse traders, spiritual leaders, explorers, pirates, emperors, invaders, migrant workers, traitors, and visionaries: this is a history of China as no one has told it before.

Vermeer s Hat

Vermeer s Hat Book
Author : Timothy Brook
Publisher : Profile Books(GB)
Release : 2009
ISBN : 9781846681202
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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.

Vermeer s Camera

Vermeer s Camera Book
Author : Philip Steadman
Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
Release : 2002
ISBN : 9780192803023
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Explores the possibility that Vermeer used the camera obscura to achieve the photographic qualities of his paintings and provides a history of the camera obscura, how it is used, and the composition of Vermeer's paintings.

Vermeer s Family Secrets

Vermeer s Family Secrets Book
Author : Benjamin Binstock
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2013-03-07
ISBN : 1136087060
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Johannes Vermeer, one of the greatest Dutch painters and for some the single greatest painter of all, produced a remarkably small corpus of work. In Vermeer's Family Secrets, Benjamin Binstock revolutionizes how we think about Vermeer's work and life. Vermeer, The Sphinx of Delft, is famously a mystery in art: despite the common claim that little is known of his biography, there is actually an abundance of fascinating information about Vermeer’s life that Binstock brings to bear on Vermeer’s art for the first time; he also offers new interpretations of several key documents pertaining to Vermeer that have been misunderstood. Lavishly illustrated with more than 180 black and white images and more than sixty color plates, the book also includes a remarkable color two-page spread that presents the entirety of Vermeer's oeuvre arranged in chronological order in 1/20 scale, demonstrating his gradual formal and conceptual development. No book on Vermeer has ever done this kind of visual comparison of his complete output. Like Poe's purloined letter, Vermeer's secrets are sometimes out in the open where everyone can see them. Benjamin Binstock shows us where to look. Piecing together evidence, the tools of art history, and his own intuitive skills, he gives us for the first time a history of Vermeer's work in light of Vermeer's life. On almost every page of Vermeer's Family Secrets, there is a perception or an adjustment that rethinks what we know about Vermeer, his oeuvre, Dutch painting, and Western Art. Perhaps the most arresting revelation of Vermeer's Family Secrets is the final one: in response to inconsistencies in technique, materials, and artistic level, Binstock posits that several of the paintings accepted as canonical works by Vermeer, are in fact not by Vermeer at all but by his eldest daughter, Maria. How he argues this is one of the book's many pleasures.

Mr Selden s Map of China

Mr  Selden s Map of China Book
Author : Timothy Brook
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release : 2013-11-12
ISBN : 1620401444
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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From the author of the award-winning Vermeer's Hat, a historical detective story decoding a long-forgotten link between seventeenth century Europe and China. Timothy Brook's award-winning Vermeer's Hat unfolded the early history of globalization, using Vermeer's paintings to show how objects like beaver hats and porcelain bowls began to circulate around the world. Now he plumbs the mystery of a single artifact that offers new insights into global connections centuries old. In 2009, an extraordinary map of China was discovered in Oxford's Bodleian Library-where it had first been deposited 350 years before, then stowed and forgotten for nearly a century. Neither historians of China nor cartography experts had ever seen anything like it. It was so odd that experts would have declared it a fake-yet records confirmed it had been delivered to Oxford in 1659. The “Selden Map,” as it is known, was a puzzle that needing solving. Brook, a historian of China, set out to explore the riddle. His investigation will lead readers around this elegant, enigmatic work of art, and from the heart of China, via the Southern Ocean, to the court of King James II. In the story of Selden's map, he reveals for us the surprising links between an English scholar and merchants half a world away, and offers novel insights into the power and meaning that a single map can hold. Brook delivers the same anecdote-rich narrative, intriguing characters, and unexpected historical connections that made Vermeer's Hat an instant classic.

Eye of the Beholder Johannes Vermeer Antoni van Leeuwenhoek and the Reinvention of Seeing

Eye of the Beholder  Johannes Vermeer  Antoni van Leeuwenhoek  and the Reinvention of Seeing Book
Author : Laura J. Snyder
Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
Release : 2015-03-16
ISBN : 0393246523
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The remarkable story of how an artist and a scientist in seventeenth-century Holland transformed the way we see the world. On a summer day in 1674, in the small Dutch city of Delft, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek—a cloth salesman, local bureaucrat, and self-taught natural philosopher—gazed through a tiny lens set into a brass holder and discovered a never-before imagined world of microscopic life. At the same time, in a nearby attic, the painter Johannes Vermeer was using another optical device, a camera obscura, to experiment with light and create the most luminous pictures ever beheld. “See for yourself!” was the clarion call of the 1600s. Scientists peered at nature through microscopes and telescopes, making the discoveries in astronomy, physics, chemistry, and anatomy that ignited the Scientific Revolution. Artists investigated nature with lenses, mirrors, and camera obscuras, creating extraordinarily detailed paintings of flowers and insects, and scenes filled with realistic effects of light, shadow, and color. By extending the reach of sight the new optical instruments prompted the realization that there is more than meets the eye. But they also raised questions about how we see and what it means to see. In answering these questions, scientists and artists in Delft changed how we perceive the world. In Eye of the Beholder, Laura J. Snyder transports us to the streets, inns, and guildhalls of seventeenth-century Holland, where artists and scientists gathered, and to their studios and laboratories, where they mixed paints and prepared canvases, ground and polished lenses, examined and dissected insects and other animals, and invented the modern notion of seeing. With charm and narrative flair Snyder brings Vermeer and Van Leeuwenhoek—and the men and women around them—vividly to life. The story of these two geniuses and the transformation they engendered shows us why we see the world—and our place within it—as we do today. Eye of the Beholder was named "A Best Art Book of the Year" by Christie's and "A Best Read of the Year" by New Scientist in 2015.

Traces of Vermeer

Traces of Vermeer Book
Author : Jane Jelley
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Release : 2017-07-14
ISBN : 0192506900
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Johannes Vermeer's luminous paintings are loved and admired around the world, yet we do not understand how they were made. We see sunlit spaces; the glimmer of satin, silver, and linen; we see the softness of a hand on a lute string or letter. We recognise the distilled impression of a moment of time; and we feel it to be real. We might hope for some answers from the experts, but they are confounded too. Even with the modern technology available, they do not know why there is an absence of any preliminary drawing; why there are shifts in focus; and why his pictures are unusually blurred. Some wonder if he might possibly have used a camera obscura to capture what he saw before him. The few traces Vermeer has left behind tell us little: there are no letters or diaries; and no reports of him at work. Jane Jelley has taken a new path in this detective story. A painter herself, she has worked with the materials of his time: the cochineal insect and lapis lazuli; the sheep bones, soot, earth and rust. She shows us how painters made their pictures layer by layer; she investigates old secrets; and hears travellers' tales. She explores how Vermeer could have used a lens in the creation of his masterpieces. The clues were there all along. After all this time, now we can unlock the studio door, and catch a glimpse of Vermeer inside, painting light.

Behemoth A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World

Behemoth  A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World Book
Author : Joshua B. Freeman
Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
Release : 2018-02-27
ISBN : 0393246329
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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“Freeman’s rich and ambitious Behemoth depicts a world in retreat that still looms large in the national imagination.… More than an economic history, or a chronicle of architectural feats and labor movements.”—Jennifer Szalai, New York Times In an accessible and timely work of scholarship, celebrated historian Joshua B. Freeman tells the story of the factory and examines how it has reflected both our dreams and our nightmares of industrialization and social change. He whisks readers from the early textile mills that powered the Industrial Revolution to the factory towns of New England to today’s behemoths making sneakers, toys, and cellphones in China and Vietnam. Behemoth offers a piercing perspective on how factories have shaped our societies and the challenges we face now.

Great Land Rush and the Making of the Modern World 1650 1900

Great Land Rush and the Making of the Modern World  1650 1900 Book
Author : John C. Weaver
Publisher : McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
Release : 2003
ISBN : 9780773525276
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A critique of the greatest reallocation of resources in the history of the world and an analysis of its effects on indigenous peoples, the growth of property rights, and the evolution of ideas that make up the foundation of the modern world.

The Forger s Spell

The Forger s Spell Book
Author : Edward Dolnick
Publisher : Harper Collins
Release : 2008-06-24
ISBN : 0060825413
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Profiles the dramatic art hoax through which a small-time Dutch painter conned a reviled Nazi leader by creating works that impersonated those of famed artist Jan Vermeer, a seven-year deception during which the forger hid his mediocre artistic abilities through psychologically manipulative practices. 30,000 first printing.

Vermeer Faith in Painting

Vermeer  Faith in Painting Book
Author : Daniel Arasse,Jan Vermeer
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1996
ISBN : 9780691029306
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Through a historical analysis of Vermeer's method of production and a close reading of his art, Daniel Arasse explores the originality of this artist in the context of seventeenth-century Dutch painting. Arguing that Vermeer was not a painter in the conventional, commercial sense of his Dutch colleagues, Arasse suggests that his confrontation with painting represented a very personal and ambitious effort to define a new pictorial practice within the classical tradition of his art. By examining Vermeer's approach to image-making, the author finds that his works demonstrate the concept of painting as a medium through which the viewer senses the ungraspable and mysterious presence of life. Not only does this concept of painting carry on the traditions of Classical Antiquity and the High Renaissance, but it also relates to Catholic ideas about spiritual meditation and the power of images. Arasse shows that although Vermeer usually uses secular subject matter commonplace among his contemporaries, his treatment of iconography, light, and line, for example, varies greatly from theirs. Iconographical elements tend to hold meaning in suspense rather than to explicate; dazzling light emanates from interior objects; sfumato renders the presence of objects without depicting them. Discussing these and other aspects of Vermeer's art, Arasse locates the painter's genius in the reflexive, meditative nature of his works, each of which seems to be a painting about painting.

The Man Who Made Vermeers

The Man Who Made Vermeers Book
Author : Jonathan Lopez
Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release : 2009
ISBN : 0547247842
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Looks at the life of Dutch painter Hans Van Meegeren, who emerges as an ingenious, dyed-in-the-wool crook who plied the forger's trade far longer than he ever admitted in a detailed story of deceit in the art world.

The Wright 3

The Wright 3 Book
Author : Blue Balliett
Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
Release : 2012-12-01
ISBN : 0545362326
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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From the New York Times-bestselling team behind Chasing Vermeer comes another thought-provoking art mystery featuring Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie house--now in After Words paperback! Spring semester at the Lab School in Hyde Park finds Petra and Calder drawn into another mystery when unexplainable accidents and ghostly happenings throw a spotlight on Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, and it's up to the two junior sleuths to piece together the clues. Stir in the return of Calder's friend Tommy (which creates a tense triangle), H.G. Wells's The Invisible Man, 3-D pentominoes, and the hunt for a coded message left behind by Wright, and the kids become tangled in a dangerous web in which life and art intermingle with death, deception, and surprise.

Vermeer

Vermeer Book
Author : Renzo Villa,Johannes Vermeer
Publisher : Silvana Editoriale
Release : 2012
ISBN : 9788836624140
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Documentatie in woord en beeld over leven en werk van de Nederlandse schilder (1632-1675).

Art and Commerce in the Dutch Golden Age

Art and Commerce in the Dutch Golden Age Book
Author : Michael North,Catherine Hill
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1999-09-01
ISBN : 9780300081312
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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In this book Michael North examines the Dutch Golden Age, when the Netherlands boasted Europe's greatest number of cities & its highest literacy rate, with unusually large numbers of publicly & privately owned art works, religious tolerance, etc.

Anna and Johanna

Anna and Johanna Book
Author : Géraldine Elschner
Publisher : Prestel Junior
Release : 2018-04-10
ISBN : 9783791373454
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This delightful tale about two young friends in 17th-century Holland is inspired by Vermeer's two masterpieces, The Milkmaid and The Lacemaker. Although one is the daughter of a wealthy Dutch family and the other a household servant, Anna and Johanna become friends. Born on the same day, they celebrate their joint birthdays by making gifts for each other. But then a letter arrives that changes their lives forever. Told against the backdrop of the 17th-century Dutch city of Delft and its thriving commercial and artistic culture, this story of an unlikely friendship echoes the themes of Vermeer's luminous depiction of domestic life. Florence Koenig's brightly colored illustrations evoke Vermeer's style through the city's multifaceted landscapes, from misty mornings by the canals to busy households preparing for a special day. Young readers will be fascinated by this uplifting story of friendship inspired by Jan Vermeer.

The Company and the Shogun

The Company and the Shogun Book
Author : Adam Clulow
Publisher : Columbia University Press
Release : 2014-01-14
ISBN : 0231164289
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Dutch East India Company was a unique, hybrid organization acting as both company and state, aggressively intervening in Asian political matters in which it had no place. This study focuses on the company’s clashes with Tokugawa Japan in the seventeenth century, particularly in the areas of diplomacy, sovereignty, and violence. In each encounter, the Dutch were forced to abandon claims to sovereign powers and refashion themselves—from subjects of a fictive king to loyal vassals of the shogun, from aggressive pirates to meek merchants, and from insistent defenders of colonial rule to legal subjects of the Tokugawa state. The first book to treat the Dutch East India Company as more than a commercial enterprise, this text offers unprecedented perspective on one of the most important, long-lasting unions between an Asian state and a European overseas enterprise and the surprisingly limited influence of Europeans operating in early-modern Asia.

Rembrandt Vermeer and the Dutch Golden Age

Rembrandt  Vermeer and the Dutch Golden Age Book
Author : Blaise Ducos,Lara Yeager-Crasselt,Olivia Savatier Sjöholm,Jan Blanc
Publisher : Art Book Magazine Distribution
Release : 2019-03-20T00:00:00+01:00
ISBN : 2821601131
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Accompanying the exhibition at Louvre Abu Dhabi, the catalogue Rembrandt, Vermeer and the Dutch Golden Age provides an image-rich overview of the artworks exhibited, complimented by four essays. The first situates The Leiden Collection within the context of the Dutch Golden Age. The second and third describe the major role that the Netherlands played on a global scale in the in the 17th century, the specificities of the Dutch Golden Age as well as the work of Rembrandt and his contemporaries, rooted in the society of that time and place. The fourth essay sheds light on the particular role that drawing played in the creative process of Dutch artists.