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A novella by Michael Tobias. Illustrations by Rocky Schenk. At the center of this erudite and unusual novella is the story the great painter Vermeer and his wife Catharina. Weaving together the biography of the artist and his wife into a contemporary mystery, noted author Michael Tobias effortlessly blends genres. The theft of a Vermeer painting from a Boston museum sends a reluctant detective on an odyssey across Europe, where he meets up with an eccentric art historian. What follows is a story that switches ingeniously between the 17th century world of Vermeer and the present day. Illustrated with photographs by Rocky Schenck, along with Vermeer's paintings, this lavishly designed book is delightfully unorthodox.
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Jan and Catharina based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Tobias' novel is positively exquisite. It evokes the Holland of the mid 17th-century like few books have ever accomplished. The device of a novel is ingenious, given the way Vermeer's luminous and tragic life plays out. For us lovers of the Dutch Renaissance, this is the ultimate fantasy, and an ending one dare not give away. For those who love Dutch art, but particularly all things Delfts, this is a veritable orgy of art history and style. The book itself is one of the most subtle, and beautiful of publications in many years.