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Vermeer's Hat : The seventeenth century and the dawn of the global world
Winner of the Mark Lynton History PrizeIn one painting, a Dutch military officer leans toward a laughing girl. In another, a woman at a window weighs pieces of silver. In a third, fruit spills from a porcelain bowl onto a Turkish carpet. Vermeer_s images haunt us with their beauty and mystery. What stories lie behind these exquisitely rendered moments? Through these intimate pictures, Timothy Brook shows the rapidly expanding world of the seventeenth century from the beaver-trappers of Canada and the silver mines of the Americas to Delft itself and the China seas._Effortless but compelling, Brooks is a wonderful storyteller. I doubt I will read a better book this year._ Jerry Brotton, Sunday Telegraph_Brilliant_ Peter Conrad, Guardian_His approach shows a consistent ability to depict the lives of individuals against a background of impersonal forces._ T. H. Barrett, IndependentJacket design: Bob EamesJacket image: Johannes Vermeer, Officer and the Laughing Girl (Frick Collection, New York)
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Profile Books Ltd.
March 19, 2010
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