|Title||HISTORY JERRY BROTTON IS FASCINATED BY THE STORY TOLD BY A PAINTER’S PROPS Vermeer’s Hat: The 17th Century and the Dawn of the Global World PROFILE, pounds 18.99, 272 pp T pounds 16.99 ( pounds 1.25 p&p) 0870 428 4115|
|Year of Publication||2008|
We are drawn to Vermeer’s paintings as mundane enigmas. They appear to capture moments of banal domestic life utterly removed from the pressures of the wider world: a woman reading a letter by a window, a couple flirting at a table, a maid pouring a jug of milk, a young girl wearing a pearl earring. The apparently effortless, parochial qualities of Vermeer’s paintings seduce and frustrate. How are we to interpret them, beyond simply admiring the Delft Master’s style and technique?