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

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 16/07/2009
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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.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781846681202
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 200 x 160 x 20 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
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 *
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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“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 focuses on one aspect of each as a key to illuminating... More

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“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 view but there’s very little about that in it. Instead the author... More

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