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Johannes Vermeer

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Girl With a Pearl Earring
by Tracy Chevalier
Historical fiction set in Vermeer's household describes the relationship between the artist and a young servant girl. 
Hardcover - 233 pages (December 27, )
E P Dutton; ISBN: 052594527X 
The Music Lesson
by Katharine Weber
Fictional work set in Ireland involving the IRA and a Vermeer.

Girl in Hyacinth Blue
by Susan Vreeland (Fiction)
Eight vibrant stories that trace the history of a previously unknown Vermeer painting through its various owners, the Vredenburg family of Rotterdam who disappeared in the Holocaust.
Paperback - 242 pages (October 3, )
Penguin USA (Paper); ISBN: 014029628X

Vermeer's Camera: Uncovering the Truth Behind the Masterpieces
by Philip Steadman
Philip Steadman's remarkable book Vermeer's Camera cracks an artistic enigma that has haunted art history for centuries. Over the years, artists and art historians have marveled at the extraordinary visual realism of the paintings of the 17th-century Dutch painter Jan Vermeer. The painter's spectacular View of Delft, painted around 1661, and the beautiful domestic interior The Music Lesson seem almost photographic in their incredible detail and precise perspective. Since the 19th century, experts have speculated that Vermeer used a camera obscura, an early precursor of the modern camera. However, conclusive proof was never discovered, until now. In Vermeer's Camera, Steadman proves that Vermeer did indeed use a camera obscura to complete his greatest canvases. Part art-historical study, part scientific argument, but mainly a fascinating detective story, Vermeer's Camera argues: 

Vermeer had a camera obscura with a lens at the painting's viewpoint. He used this arrangement to project the scene onto the back wall of the room, which thus served as the camera's screen. He put paper on the wall and traced, perhaps even painted from the projected image. It is because Vermeer traced these images that they are the same size as the paintings themselves. 

Steadman painstakingly develops his argument through careful study of the history of the camera obscura, an exploration of 17th-century optics, and a detailed study of the light, optics, perspective, and measurement of a series of Vermeer's paintings. He goes to remarkable lengths to reconstruct Vermeer's studio and its furnishings, down to the angle of the light from its windows. The science is complex, but always clearly explained. This is not an attempt to reveal Vermeer as an artistic "cheat." Steadman convincingly argues that "Vermeer's obsessions with light, tonal values, shadow, and colour, for the treatment of which his work is so admired, are very closely bound up with his study of the special qualities of optical images." Vermeer's Camera is a wonderful book that shows the ways in which, during the 17th century, art and science went hand in hand. It offers an enlarged, rather than reduced, perspective on Vermeer. --Jerry Brotton.
Paperback from Oxford Press

Vermeer : The Complete Works
by Arthur K., Jr Wheelock, Johannes Vermeer

Vermeer and the Delft School
by Walter Liedtke, et al
Book Description: Seventeenth-century Delft has traditionally been viewed as a quaint town whose artists painted scenes of domestic life. This important book revises that image, showing that the small but vibrant Dutch city produced fine examples of all the major arts—including luxury goods and sophisticated paintings for the court at The Hague and for patrician collectors in Delft itself. 

The book traces the history and culture of Delft from the 1200s through the lifetime of the city's most renowned painter, Johannes Vermeer. The authors discuss at length some ninety major paintings (seventeen by Vermeer), forty drawings, and a choice selection of decorative arts, all of which are reproduced in full color. Among the paintings are state portraits, history pictures, still lifes, views of palaces and church interiors, illusionistic murals, and refined genre pictures by Vermeer and Pieter de Hooch. The rich works on paper encompass exquisite drawings by Delft artists and sketches of the town by visiting artists. Included in the decorative arts are tapestries, bronze statuary, silver, Delftware, and glass. The volume concludes with an essay that takes the reader on a walk through seventeenth-century Delft. It is accompanied by maps of the city's neighborhoods that indicate major monuments and the homes of patrons, art dealers, and painters. 
Hardcover: 550 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.80 x 12.30 x 9.82 
Publisher: Yale Univ Pr; (March 1, ) 
ISBN: 0300088485 

Vermeer : A View of Delft
by Anthony Bailey

In Quiet Light : Poems on Vermeer's Women
by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre

A Study of Vermeer
by Edward A. Snow

Vermeer and His Milieu
by John Michael Montias

The Cambridge Companion to Vermeer (Cambridge Companions to the History of Art)
by Wayne E. Franits (Editor)

From Rembrandt to Vermeer : 17th-Century Dutch Artists (Groveart)
by Jane Turner (Editor)

by Lawrence Gowing, et al

Vermeer & the Art of Painting
by Arthur K., Jr. Wheelock

Vermeer Studies (Studies in the History of Art, Vol 55)
by Ivan Gaskell (Editor), et al

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