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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Published: 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: 220 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 22 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

Fascinating - Monty Don

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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