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Vermeer's Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World

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Used Book in Good Condition

Imported from USA

“Elegant and quietly important…Brook does more than merely sketch the beginnings of globalization and highlight the
forces that brought our modern world into being; rather, he offers a timely reminder of humanity’s
interdependence.”—Seattle Times

A painting shows a military officer in a Dutch sitting room, talking to a laughing girl. I n another, a woman at a
window weighs pieces of silver. Vermeer’s images captivate us with their beauty and mystery: What stories lie behind
these stunningly rendered moments? As T imothy Brook shows us, these pictures, which seem so intimate, actually offer a
remarkable view of a rapidly expanding world. Moving outward from Vermeer’s studio, Brook traces the web of trade that
was spreading across the globe. Vermeer’s Hat shows how the urge to acquire foreign goods was refashioning the world
more powerfully than we have yet understood.

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