Vermeer's Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World

Vermeer's Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World

by Timothy Brook
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Vermeer's Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World by Timothy Brook

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596917279
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 08/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 673,534
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Timothy Brook received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for the work on which this book is based. He holds the Shaw Chair in Chinese studies at Oxford University and is the author of many books, including the award-winning Confusions of Pleasure.
Timothy Brook received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for the work on which this book is based. He holds the Shaw Chair in Chinese studies at Oxford University and is the author of many books, including the award-winning Confusions of Pleasure.

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Vermeer's Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
bayareagirl More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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