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Vermeer and His Milieu: A Web of Social History

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  22 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
This book is not only a fascinating biography of one of the greatest painters of the seventeenth century but also a social history of the colorful extended family to which he belonged and of the town life of the period. It explores a series of distinct worlds: Delft's Small-Cattle Market, where Vermeer's paternal family settled early in the century; the milieu of shady ...more
Paperback, 476 pages
Published January 21st 1991 by Princeton University Press (first published March 1989)
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Jan-Maat
In spite of all my efforts and of those who preceded me in combining through Delft's archives, less documentary evidence has survived regarding Vermeer himself than regarding his grandparents, his uncles and aunts, and especially his in-laws (p xv)

This book is a treasure hunt, yet for all the hunting around that Montias and his predecessors have done through Dutch archives, ultimately it is clear that the treasure is elsewhere, if not lost altogether (view spoiler)
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Bernard Pauwels
May 01, 2015 Bernard Pauwels rated it it was ok
Over het leven van Vermeer is weinig bekend. We kunnen dus alleen maar blij zijn dat Montias alle mogelijke notariële paperassen heeft uitgeplozen. Niet alleen die waar Vermeer zelf in vermeld wordt, maar evengoed die van zijn talloze verwanten (de stambomen achteraan in het boek zijn behoorlijk ingewikkeld), en meteen ook van zijn potentiële klanten en relaties, (waaronder zijn bakker), ... Werkelijk geen enkel spoor is onbenut gebleven. Het maakt het boek bij momenten onleesbaar - en eerlijk ...more
Ali
Jan 13, 2010 Ali marked it as to-read
A very through and interesting book about the life of Vermeer and his family as compiled through public and personal records. I am excited to read this Christmas present :)
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