One of the great mysteries of the entire history of art, Vermeer is the unchallenged master of Dutch intimist painting of the 17th century. Only 36 of his paintings have come down to us - which makes his Young Woman Seated at a Virginal, authenticated recently, all the more precious as an addition to his œuvre. His life, of which so little is known, remains an enigma. To find out what lies behind the secret, secretive figure of the master of Delft, we must go to the subtle, fascinating hints found at the heart of his canvases: works in which the simplest of subjects are transformed by the artist's hand into the stuff of masterpieces. This book sets Vermeer and his entire œuvre in the historical, religious and social context of the Delft of his time, a city of prosperous merchants and industrialists. And through comparisons with works of the artist's contemporaries, it offers us Vermeer's art in all its breadth and grace. Vermeer was truly one of the great geniuses of Western painting.
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ln Delft a painter of rare gifts but no pictures
Time work and shrewd husbandry
Caravaggism and the Utrecht School
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Amsterdam artists Astronomer Baburen Beaux-Arts Calvinist Caravaggism Caravaggists Carel Fabritius Caspar Netscher Catherina century cittern color contrast Diana Dirck van Baburen Dn the table Dutch painting Emanuel de Witte ence everyday figure Flemish florins folds foreground Frick Collection Gabriel Metsu genre Gerrit Dou Gerrit van Honthorst gesture Girl Reading Glass of Wine Hague hand Holding a Balance Holland Honthorst House of Martha inspiration interior Jan Steen Joannes Lacemaker Lady Writing Laughing Girl little yellow littlejellow wall Louvre ltalian ltaly lute Maid Asleep Martha and Mary Mauritshuis Meer Milkmaid Montconys Museum Music Lesson mysterious oil on canvas Paillet painter palette Paris Pearl Earring perspective Pieterde Hooch play portrait Procuress Proust Reading a Letter Rembrandt Reynier scene St Luke's Guild style symbolic texture theater Thore Thore-Burger tion Utrecht School Vermeer painted View of Delft Virginal wearing Woman Holding young woman