Vermeer's Hat: The seventeenth century and the dawn of the global world

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Profile Books, 2010年7月9日 - 294 頁

In 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. The officer's dashing hat is made of beaver fur, which European explorers got from Native Americans in exchange for weapons. Beaver pelts, in turn, financed the voyages of sailors seeking new routes to China. There - with silver mined in Peru - Europeans would purchase, by the thousands, the porcelain so often shown in Dutch paintings of this time.

Vermeer's haunting images hint at the stories behind these exquisitely rendered moments. As Timothy Brook shows us in Vermeer's Hat, these pictures, which seem so intimate, actually open doors onto a rapidly expanding world.

 

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Each chapter of this book takes a commodity that is in a Vermeer painting and describes the circumstances of how came to be there. This is an economic history of trade in the early seventeenth century ... 閱讀評論全文

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A good microhistorical study using Vermeer's paintings (and a couple other pieces of artwork) to explore the connections between Europe and Asia (mostly China). There are a few moments where it gets too far afield and the attempted connections are too tenuous, but it was an engaging read. 閱讀評論全文

內容

1 The View from Delft
1
2 Vermeers Hat
26
3 A Dish of Fruit
54
4 Geography Lessons
84
5 School for Smoking
117
6 Weighing Silver
152
7 Journeys
185
No Man is an Island
217
Acknowledgments
231
Chinese and Japanese Publications
233
Recommended Reading and Sources
235
Notes
259
Index
263
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Timothy Brook is a professor of Chinese history at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. The author of eight books on Chinese history, he is also editor-in-chief of the six-volume History of Imperial China from Harvard University Press. Vermeer's Hat is his most widely read book.

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