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In this critical darling Vermeer's captivating and enigmatic
paintings become windows that reveal how daily life and
thought-from Delft to Beijing--were transformed in the 17th
century, when the world first became global.
A Vermeer painting shows a military officer in a Dutch sitting
room, talking to a laughing girl. In another canvas, fruit spills
from a blue-and-white porcelain bowl. Familiar images that
captivate us with their beauty--but as Timothy Brook shows us,
these intimate pictures actually give us a remarkable view of an
expanding world. The officer's dashing hat is made of beaver fur
from North America, and it was beaver pelts from America that
financed the voyages of explorers seeking routes to China-prized
for the porcelains so often shown in Dutch paintings of this
time, including Vermeer's. In this dazzling history, Timothy
Brook uses Vermeer's works, and other contemporary images from
Europe, Asia, and the Americas to trace the rapidly growing web
of global trade, and the explosive, transforming, and sometimes
destructive changes it wrought in the age when globalization