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Vermeer's Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA
Publication date December 23, 2008
Pages 272
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781596915992
ISBN-10 1596915994
Dimensions 1 by 5.25 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.60 lbs.
Original list price $18.00
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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.

A Vermeer painting shows a military officer in a Dutch sitting room, talking to a laughing girl. In another canvas, fruit spills from a blue-and-white porcelain bowl. Familiar images that captivate us with their beauty--but as Timothy Brook shows us, these intimate pictures actually give us a remarkable view of an expanding world. The officer's dashing hat is made of beaver fur from North America, and it was beaver pelts from America that financed the voyages of explorers seeking routes to China-prized for the porcelains so often shown in Dutch paintings of this time, including Vermeer's. In this dazzling history, Timothy Brook uses Vermeer's works, and other contemporary images from Europe, Asia, and the Americas to trace the rapidly growing web of global trade, and the explosive, transforming, and sometimes destructive changes it wrought in the age when globalization really began.



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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780670067855 Book cover for 9781596914445 Book cover for 9781846681127
 
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.
from Penguin Group Canada (January 10, 2008)
9780670067855 | details & prices | 256 pages | List price $30.00
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
Book cover for 9781491586600
 
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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