Vermeer's Hat: The seventeenth century and the dawn of the global world (Paperback)Timothy Brook (author)
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 220 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 22 mm
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 *
Brook is a gifted storyteller... spellbinding... a treasure trove of astonishing pleasures * The Lady *
How brilliantly Brook connects all with all * Guardian *
Revelatory * Sunday Business Post *
Illuminating footnotes to Vermeer's miracles on canvas * Independent *
An erudite, surprising book that finds traces of swashbuckling where you'd least expect -- Thomas Marks * Daily Telegraph *
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 *
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