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

TitleVermeer’s Hat : The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World
Publication TypeBook
2009
AuthorsBrook, T
PublisherProfile Books
CityLondon
1846681200, 9781846681202
1632-1675, 17th century, Civilization, Culture and globalization, General, Johannes, Modern, motives, Themes, Vermeer

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.