This allows the reader to follow how the artist built up his images during the months of unremitting attention to every aspect of the painting process,, from the stretching of his fine-woven linen canvas to the final touches and glazes.While carefully analyzing of all know data regarding Vermeer’s painting procedures—with the aid of hundreds of full color images and diagram —the author combines his life-long study of Vermeer’s art and his qualifications as a trained painter to produce an intimate, three-dimensional view of the painter, which no traditional art historical study can at : The Dutch Republic in the 17th century was home to one of the greatest flowerings of painting in the history of Western art.

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The closely observed details of daily life captured in portraits, genre scenes and landscapes offer a wealth of information about the possessions, activities and circumstances that distinguished members of the social classes, from the nobility to the urban poor.

The dazzling array of paintings gathered here—by artists such as Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch and Gerard ter Borch, as well as Rembrandt and Vermeer—illuminated by essays from leading scholars, invites us to explore a vibrant early modern society and its reflection in a golden age of brilliant painting.

This XL edition brings together the complete catalog of Vermeer’s work, presenting the calm yet compelling scenes so treasured in galleries across Europe and the United States into one monograph of utmost reproduction quality.

With brand new photography of many works, Vermeer’s restrained but richly evocative repertoire of domestic actions – ranging from letter writing to music making to preparations in the kitchen – unfolds in a generous format, including three fold-out spreads.

is the comprehensive, fully illustrated resource of the materials, techniques and pictorial tactics of the seventeenth-century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer and his most technically advanced colleagues.

In the first section, in-depth investigation sheds full light not only the artist's unique treatment light, color, composition, drawing and perspective but how he painted some of the most defining motifs of his interior, such as marble floor tiles, wall maps, drapery and white-washed walls.Detailed information is given about the artist’s studio environment, how he devised his perfectly balanced scenes and how he was inspired by and made practical use of the camera obscura.In the second section, each passage of Vermeer’s rigorous, multi-step method is unraveled in the order one might encounter them in the painting process.Numerous details emphasize the artist’s remarkable ability not only to bear witness to the trends and trimmings of the Dutch Golden Age but also to encapsulate an entire story in just one transient gesture, expression, or look.The Dutch Republic in the 17th century was home to one of the greatest flowerings of painting in the history of Western art.series, Wayne Franits examines the work of Vermeer within the framework of his times, one of the most intellectually creative periods in this history of art.