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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 Beijingwere 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 beautybut 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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About the Author
Timothy Brook is a professor of history and principal of St. John's College at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of many books, including Vermeer's Hat, winner of the Mark Lynton Prize for outstanding achievement in world history, and Confusions of Pleasure, which received the Joseph Levenson Prize from the Association for Asian Studies. He lives in Vancouver, Canada.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations and Maps xi
1 The View from Delft 1
2 Vermeer's Hat 26
3 A Dish of Fruit 54
4 Geography Lessons 84
5 School for Smoking 117
6 Weighing Silver 152
7 Journeys 185
8 Endings: No Man is an Island 217
Appendix Chinese and Japanese Publications 233
Recommended Reading and Sources 235
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The interesting view points and the invigorated writing make this a very good book -- but it should have had the art pieces included. I looked them up on the Net so I don't think it means one star to not have the pictures; the writing and ideas surmount the absence of the art work.
Buy the hard copy not the Nook version. They actually published a book about a painter and did not include the paintings in the ebook version. Outrageous.