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A Study of Vermeer, Revised and Enlarged edition
by Edward Snow
Edward Snow's A Study of Vermeer, first published in 1979 and here presented in an expanded and elaborately revised version, starts from a single premise: that we respond so intensely to Vermeer because his paintings reach so deeply into our lives. Our desire for images, the distances that separate us, the validations we seek from the still world, the traces of ghostliness ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 13th 1994 by University of California Press
(first published May 14th 1994)
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Snow's book comprises three essays. The first examines the singularity of Head of a Young Girl within Vermeer's oeuvre; the second (tripartite) essay charts Vermeer's varying handling of sexuality in his paintings; the third is a call for reassessment of the 'standard' allegorical and moralistic readings of Vermeer's works. This work reads more as a dithyramb to the artistic process than as a standard academic work - accordingly, the prose is occasionally oblique, and can meander unhelpfully. ...more