Vermeer: The Complete Paintings (Basic Art Album) Paperback – 26 May 2000
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The 35 paintings that have come down to us from the hand of Jan Vermeer (1632-1675) place him beside Rembrandt and Frans Hals as one of the great masters of the golden age of Dutch art. Most of his pictures, all of which are reproduced in this text, show women about their daily business. Vermeer records the tasks and duties of women, the imperatives of virtue under which their lives were lived, and the dreams that provided the substance of their contrasting counter-world.
About the Author
Norbert Schneider (b. 1945) is Professor of Art History at the University of Karlsruhe. His research focuses on art history of the Middle Ages and early modern times (and the history of genres of painting) the methodology of art studies, and the history of philosophy. His numerous books include TASCHEN's The Art of the Portrait: Masterpieces of European Portrait Painting, 1420-1670 and Jan Vermeer: The Complete Paintings.
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Upon finishing the book, one is left with a better sense of the significance of Vermeer's work, the intricacies of his art and the various ideas which he intended to portray. My own understanding of Vermeer and of that era in Dutch art was greatly enhanced by this fine book.