Vermeer: The Complete Paintings

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Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675) is one of the most admired and influential European painters. His limited output, as well as his extremely private life and his supposed use of a camera obscura, have until recently made him appear to be an isolated genius shrouded in mystery. Walter Liedtke’s superb monograph, now available at a new affordable price, reveals Vermeer’s life to be well-documented and places his work in context. Vermeer’s many admirers will relish Liedtke’s exploration of the subtleties of meaning in ...

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Overview

Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675) is one of the most admired and influential European painters. His limited output, as well as his extremely private life and his supposed use of a camera obscura, have until recently made him appear to be an isolated genius shrouded in mystery. Walter Liedtke’s superb monograph, now available at a new affordable price, reveals Vermeer’s life to be well-documented and places his work in context. Vermeer’s many admirers will relish Liedtke’s exploration of the subtleties of meaning in Vermeer’s work and the refinements of his technique and style. Alongside the most historical approach to Vermeer to date, large, stunning color plates of Vermeer’s complete paintings—with many close-up details—reveal a master whose rare sensibility may be described but not explained.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780810983366
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 10.22 (w) x 12.56 (h) x 1.02 (d)

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Walter Liedtke is curator of European paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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  • Posted December 8, 2009

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    If you are a Vermeer fan, Liedtke's book is a definite candidate to add to your collection. Liedtke is the curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC primarily responsible (I think) for organizing the Delft exhibition, which put Vermeer in context of his time and place.

    You may glimpse bits of curator competition if you read others on this topic, but, to most of us, such need only inspire a wry smile as one enjoys the text and the reproductions here. If one is visiting a Vermeer, whether at the Met, the Frick, Washington,DC, or elsewhere, it behooves one to read the text and discussions here before enjoying this very special artist and his work.

    The text makes clear that study of these vintage masterpieces is a continuously evolving discipline and suggests some of the recent discoveries and perspectives.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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