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Vermeer's Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World
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Publisher Penguin Group Canada
Publication date January 10, 2008
Pages 256
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780670067855
ISBN-10 0670067857
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Original list price $30.00
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In the hands of an award-winning historian, Vermeer’s dazzling paintings become windows that reveal how daily life and thought—from Delft to Beijing—were transformed in the seventeenth century, when the world first became global.
A painting shows a military officer in a Dutch sitting room, talking to a laughing girl. In another, a woman at a window weighs pieces of silver. Vermeer’s images captivate us with their beauty and mystery: What stories lie 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 officer’s dashing hat is made of beaver fur, which European explorers got from Native Americans in exchange for weapons. Those 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 porcelains so often shown in Dutch paintings of this time. Moving outward from Vermeer’s studio, Brook traces the web of trade that was spreading across the globe.
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 the goods of distant lands was refashioning the world more powerfully than we have yet understood.


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Hardcover
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from Gardners Books (July 3, 2008)
9781846681127 | details & prices | 272 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $34.05
About: A Vermeer painting shows a military officer in a Dutch sitting room, talking to a laughing girl.
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from Penguin Group Canada (January 10, 2008)
9780670067855 | details & prices | 256 pages | List price $30.00
About: In the hands of an award-winning historian, Vermeer’s dazzling paintings become windows that reveal how daily life and thought—from Delft to Beijing—were transformed in the seventeenth century, when the world first became global.
from Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA (December 26, 2007)
9781596914445 | details & prices | 272 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.25 lbs | List price $27.95
About: Analyzes how the works of Vermeer reflect seventeenth-century life and the birth of globalization, in a historical study that identifies significant objects in key paintings while explaining how they also serve to document their time's growing web of trade throughout the world.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA (December 23, 2008)
9781596915992 | details & prices | 272 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $18.00
About: In this critical darling Vermeer's captivating and enigmatic paintings become windows that reveal how daily life and thought-from Delft to Beijing--were transformed in the 17th century, when the world first became global.
CD/Spoken Word
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With Malcolm Hillgartner (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Brilliance Audio (December 2, 2014)
9781491586600 | details & prices | 6.75 × 5.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $14.99

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