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Vermeer's World: Pegasus Series

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An insight into the life and works of 17th-century Dutch artist, Jan Vermeer, this book focuses on life in Vermeer's native city, Delft, a prosperous Dutch seaport. Reproductions of the 35 paintings known to be authentic are included.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Prestel Publishing (first published September 2001)
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Glenn Russell
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing


Art historian Irene Netta centers her book on the seventeenth-century world of Vermeer and his native city, Delft. We are given in five short essays a singular portrait of the manner in which Vermeer lived and painted. This handsome book part of Pegasus Library includes many full-page color reproductions and an index of all thirty-five of the great artist’s work. To share a small taste, here are author quotes coupled with my modest comments:

“Vermeer’s few surviving paintings hardly tell us anyt
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Caroline
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: art
This book started off well for me and then nose-dived. It should have been called View of Delft – the title of Vermeers’s famous townscape. The whole book was more or less orientated towards describing this painting, and it was wrong that its title suggests a broader agenda.

Vermeer View of Delft


Whilst it was a pleasure, as always, to see prints of Vermeer’s interiors - which constitute the bulk of his work - I have to ask what they were doing here. Except for one, which threw an interesting light on View of Delft,
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Carol
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: male-artist
I love how he translates his subject matter into art: his meticulous techniques, use of color, composition, and every minute detail. Vermeer's paintings have an effect on the viewer's soul. In this brief book, Netta describes in great detail this work--View of Delft, c. 1660-61, oil on canvas, The Hague. It is stunning (I would love to see it in person someday.) Vermeer use of color dots, partly wet on wet, and using the color blue in places where you don't recognize it. He mixed sand into his o ...more
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