Traces of Vermeer

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Author: Jane Jelley

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198789726

Category:

Page: 368

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Johannes Vermeer's luminous paintings are loved and admired around the world, yet we do not understand how they were made. We see sunlit spaces; the glimmer of satin, silver, and linen; we see the softness of a hand on a lute string or letter. We recognise the distilled impression of a moment of time; and we feel it to be real. We might hope for some answers from the experts, but they are confounded too. Even with the modern technology available, they do not know why there is no evidence of any preliminary drawing; why there are shifts in focus; and why his pictures are unusually blurred. Some wonder if he might possibly have used a camera obscura to capture what he saw before him. The few traces Vermeer has left behind tell us little: there are no letters or diaries; and no reports of him at work. Jane Jelley has taken a new path in this detective story. A painter herself, she has worked with the materials of his time: the cochineal insect and lapis lazuli; the sheep bones, soot, earth and rust. She shows us how painters made their pictures layer by layer; she investigates old secrets; and hears travellers' tales. She explores how Vermeer could have used a lens in the creation of his masterpieces. The clues were there all along. After all this time, now we can unlock the studio door, and catch a glimpse of Vermeer inside, painting light.

Vermeer

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Author: Nils Büttner

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 9783406597923

Category: Painters

Page: 126

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Summary: Nils Büttners konzise und lebendige Einführung zeichnet das Leben des Malers nach, stellt sein Werk in seinen historischen und sozialen Zusammenhängen vor und erklärt die Symbolik der Bilder, die noch heute oft als rätselhaft gelten.

A Study of Vermeer, Revised and Enlarged Edition

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Author: Edward Snow,Johannes Vermeer

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520071322

Category: Art

Page: 217

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Edward Snow's A Study of Vermeer, first published in 1979 and here presented in an expanded and elaborately revised version, starts from a single premise: that we respond so intensely to Vermeer because his paintings reach so deeply into our lives. Our desire for images, the distances that separate us, the validations we seek from the still world, the traces of ghostliness in our own human presence—these, the book proposes, are Vermeer's themes, which he pursues with a realism always in touch with the uncanny. As Snow traces the many counterpoised sensations that make up Vermeer's equanimity, he leads us into a world of nuances and surprise. A Study of Vermeer is passionate and visual in its commitments. Snow works from the conviction that viewing pictures is a reciprocal act—symbiotic, consequential, real. His discussions of Vermeer's paintings are conducted in a language of patient observation, and they involve the reader in an experience of deepening relation and ongoing visual discovery. The book has been designed to facilitate this process: over eighty illustrations, fifty-nine in color (including two full-page foldouts), accompany the text so that the details Snow illuminates will be continally in view. Here is a book to enthrall not only students of Vermeer, but anyone who feels the exhilaration of what Cézanne called "thinking in images."

A Study of Vermeer

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Author: Edward A. Snow,Johannes Vermeer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780520071308

Category: Art

Page: 217

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Whether his paintings depict a remote view of the everyday life of a city, an intimate exchange between a man and a woman, or a solitary figure absorbed in some familiar activity, their quiet realism is in dialogue with the uncanny, and has the power both to estrange and reassure

Geheimes Wissen

verlorene Techniken der alten Meister wiederentdeckt

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Author: David Hockney

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783896604057

Category:

Page: 328

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Neu-York

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Author: Francis Spufford

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 364400062X

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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«Wie ein neu entdeckter Roman von Henry Fielding mit Bonusmaterial von Martin Scorsese.» (The Times) 1746 in einer kleinen englischen Kolonialstadt an der Spitze der Insel Manhattan: Neu-York wirkt auch Jahrzehnte nach der Eroberung durch die Briten immer noch recht holländisch; die alteingesessenen Familien reden Englisch mit Akzent, am Hafen weht der Union Jack über schmalen Fachwerkhäusern, am anderen Ende der Stadt ist der Broad Way (vorher Breede Weg) auf Höhe der Wall Street durch ein Tor versperrt. Draußen hängen Skalps: Verbündete Indianerstämme haben sie französischen Soldaten abgenommen. Eines Tages steigt ein Brite namens Smith im Regen von einem aus London kommenden Segler. Der junge Mann scheint über Geld zu verfügen, er trägt den Wechsel einer Londoner Bank mit sich. Schnell findet er Zugang zur Gesellschaft, wird er zu einer Berühmtheit in der Stadt. Leider auch bei den Falschen: Smith wird überfallen und ausgeraubt. Niemand darf von der prekären neuen Lage erfahren, das Schuldgefängnis droht. Und dann kommt Smiths Affäre mit der Frau eines hohen Offiziers ans Licht. Ein Duell ist unumgänglich, und ausgerechnet sein bester Freund fordert ihn, ein exzellenter Fechter. Doch dann nimmt das Schicksal unseres Helden eine weitere überraschende Wendung – es wird nicht die letzte sein in diesem phantastischen, geistreichen, spannenden Wunderwerk von einem Roman.

A Vision of Nature

Traces of the Original World

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Author: Michael Tobias

Publisher: Kent State University Press

ISBN: 9780873384834

Category: Nature

Page: 296

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Tobias examines the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean, the ascetics of Sinai and Tibet, and the Pure Land Buddhists. He introduces the reader to the Jains of India, whose lifestyle is one of the most ecologically balanced in all of human history. In profiling various artists of 19th-century Europe and America, Tobias discovers incisive continuities among such luminaries as British poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, Austrian impressionist Emilie Mediz-Pelikan, and American intimist painters Ralph Blakelock and George Inness.

Vermeer's Family Secrets

Genius, Discovery, and the Unknown Apprentice

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Author: Benjamin Binstock

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415966647

Category: Art

Page: 428

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Johannes Vermeer, one of the greatest Dutch painters and for some the single greatest painter of all, produced a remarkably small corpus of work. In Vermeer's Family Secrets, Benjamin Binstock revolutionizes how we think about Vermeer's work and life. Vermeer, The Sphinx of Delft, is famously a mystery in art: despite the common claim that little is known of his biography, there is actually an abundance of fascinating information about Vermeer's life that Binstock brings to bear on Vermeer's art for the first time; he also offers new interpretations of several key documents pertaining to Vermeer that have been misunderstood. Lavishly illustrated with more than 180 black and white images and more than sixty color plates, the book also includes a remarkable color two-page spread that presents the entirety of Vermeer's oeuvre arranged in chronological order in 1/20 scale, demonstrating his gradual formal and conceptual development. No book on Vermeer has ever done this kind of visual comparison of his complete output. Like Poe's purloined letter, Vermeer's secrets are sometimes out in the open where everyone can see them. Benjamin Binstock shows us where to look. Piecing together evidence, the tools of art history, and his own intuitive skills, he gives us for the first time a history of Vermeer's work in light of Vermeer's life. On almost every page of Vermeer's Family Secrets, there is a perception or an adjustment that rethinks what we know about Vermeer, his oeuvre, Dutch painting, and Western Art. Perhaps the most arresting revelation of Vermeer's Family Secrets is the final one: in response to inconsistencies in technique, materials, and artistic level, Binstock posits that several of the paintings accepted as canonical works by Vermeer, are in fact not by Vermeer at all but by his eldest daughter, Maria. How he argues this is one of the book's many pleasures.

Das Kunstwerk im Zeitalter seiner technischen Reproduzierbarkeit

Drei Studien zur Kunstsoziologie

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Author: Walter Benjamin

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518734059

Category: Philosophy

Page: 112

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Walter Benjamin beschreibt in dem Aufsatz Das Kunstwerk im Zeitalter seiner technischen Reproduzierbarkeit die geschichtlichen, sozialen und ästhetischen Prozesse, die mit der technischen Reproduzierbarkeit des Kunstwerkes zusammenhängen. In die Reihe der kunstsoziologischen Arbeiten Benjamins gehören auch die beiden hier zum ersten Mal in Buchform veröffentlichten Texte: Kleine Geschichte der Photographie (1931) und Eduard Fuchs, der Sammler und der Historiker (1937). Sie erhärten Benjamins Einsichten am Einzelfall.

Das letzte Bild der Sara de Vos

Roman

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Author: Dominic Smith

Publisher: Ullstein Buchverlage

ISBN: 3843714894

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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Ein eleganter Pageturner um ein Gemälde aus dem 17. Jahrhundert Sara de Vos ist 1631 die erste Malerin, die in die Meistergilde in Amsterdam aufgenommen wird. Dreihundert Jahre später ist nur ein einziges ihrer Gemälde erhalten geblieben. Das Bild hängt über dem Bett eines reichen, etwas ruhelosen New Yorker Anwalts. Ohne böse Absichten kopiert eine junge Australierin das Bild. Doch die Kopie wird in Umlauf gebracht, mit erschütternden Konsequenzen. Jahrzehnte später treffen die beiden Bilder, die Fälscherin und der Anwalt noch einmal aufeinander ... „Wie der Autor drei Zeitläufte und Städte verbindet ist so brillant wie fesselnd.“ The Washington Post „Smiths Roman erinnert uns daran, dass die Wahrheiten, denen wir vertrauen, wertvoll bleiben, auch wenn sie ungenau sind.“ The Chicago Tribune „Ein Roman über Liebe und Sehnsucht, über Authentizität und ethische Grauzonen, vor allem aber über die Malerei als ein Weg, Trauer in Schönheit zu verwandeln.“ Lauren Groff, Autorin von „Licht und Zorn“ „Hinreißende Erzählkunst. Mit einer fast greifbaren Kenntnis der vielen Verästellungen des menschlichen Herzens. Dieser Roman hält Sie nachts wach, anfangs, weil Sie unbedingt weiterlesen wollen, dann weil Sie bewusst langsamer lesen, um das Ende hinauszuzögern.“ The Boston Globe

Vermeer's Camera

Uncovering the Truth Behind the Masterpieces

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Author: Philip Steadman

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192803023

Category: Art

Page: 207

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Explores the possibility that Vermeer used the camera obscura to achieve the photographic qualities of his paintings and provides a history of the camera obscura, how it is used, and the composition of Vermeer's paintings.

Deep Skin

Elizabeth Bishop and Visual Art

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Author: Peggy Anne Samuels

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801448263

Category: Art

Page: 239

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Elizabeth Bishop, who constructed poems of crystalline visual accuracy, is often regarded as the most painterly of twentieth-century American poets. In Deep Skin, Peggy Samuels explores Bishop's attraction to painters who experimented with dynamic interactions between surface and depth. She tells the story of the development of Bishop's poetics in relation to her engagement with mid-century art, particularly the work of Paul Klee, Kurt Schwitters, and Alexander Calder. Contemporary conversations about the visual arts circulating among art historians and reviewers shaped Bishop's experience and illuminated aesthetic problems for which she needed to find solutions. The book explores in particular the closest intellectual context for Bishop, her friend Margaret Miller, who worked as a research associate and later associate curator at the Museum of Modern Art. Samuels traces a complex and rich four-way metaphor in her portrait of Bishop's methods: surface of verse, surface of painting, skin, and interface between mind and world. The visual arts helped Bishop to develop a new model for lyric: the surface of verse becomes a threshold that opens in two directions—to nature and to the interior of the poet. Bishop's poetics is very much about the touch of the materials of the mind and world inside the materiality of verse. Translating and revising some of the concepts from the visual arts in her own linguistic medium, she begins to experiment with modulation, absorption, and incorporation across multiple registers of experience.

Vermeer and His Milieu

A Web of Social History

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Author: John Michael Montias

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691002897

Category: Art

Page: 472

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This book is not only a fascinating biography of one of the greatest painters of the seventeenth century but also a social history of the colorful extended family to which he belonged and of the town life of the period. It explores a series of distinct worlds: Delft's Small-Cattle Market, where Vermeer's paternal family settled early in the century; the milieu of shady businessmen in Amsterdam that recruited Vermeer's grandfather to counterfeit coins; the artists, military contractors, and Protestant burghers who frequented the inn of Vermeer's father in Delft's Great Market Square; and the quiet, distinguished "Papists Corner" in which Vermeer, after marrying into a high-born Catholic family, retired to practice his art, while retaining ties with wealthy Protestant patrons. The relationship of Vermeer to his principal patron is one of many original discoveries in the book.

The Collected Writings of Michael Snow

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Author: Michael Snow,Louise Dompierre

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 1554587891

Category: Art

Page: 293

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Writing, for Michael Snow, is as much a form of “art-making” as the broad range of visual art activities for which he is renowned, including the “Walking Woman” series and the film Wavelength. Conversely, many of the texts included in this anthology are as significant visually as they are at the level of content — they are meant to be looked at as well as read. Situated somewhere between a repository of contemporary thought by one of our leading Canadian artists and a history book as it brings to light some important moments in the cultural life of Canada since the 1950s, these texts tell their own story, marking the passage of time, ideas and attitudes. The works included here, ranging from essays and interviews and record album cover notes to filmscripts and speeches (which, in Snow’s hands, often fall into the category of performance art), are not only “built for browsing,” they offer insights into both the professional and the private Snow. Together, they expand the context of Snow’s work and show the evolution of a great Canadian artist, beginning with his early attempts at defining art, to his emergence and recognition on the international art scene. This book is one of four books that are part of the Michael Snow Project. Initiated by the Art Gallery of Ontario and The Power Plant Gallery, the project also includes four exhibitions of his visual art and music.

Economic Development in Provincial China

The Central Shaanxi Since 1930

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Author: Eduard B. Vermeer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521343925

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 534

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This book is a detailed study of the economic developments on the Central Shaanxi province.

Looking in

The Art of Viewing

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Author: Mieke Bal,Norman Bryson

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9789057011023

Category: Art

Page: 298

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This anthology examines Love's Labours Lost from a variety of perspectives and through a wide range of materials. Selections discuss the play in terms of historical context, dating, and sources; character analysis; comic elements and verbal conceits; evidence of authorship; performance analysis; and feminist interpretations. Alongside theater reviews, production photographs, and critical commentary, the volume also includes essays written by practicing theater artists who have worked on the play. An index by name, literary work, and concept rounds out this valuable resource.