Vermeer and the Invention of Seeing

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This book begins with a single premise: that Vermeer painted images not only of extraordinary beauty, but of extraordinary strangeness. To understand that strangeness, Bryan Jay Wolf turns to the history of early modernism and to ways of seeing that first developed in the seventeenth century. In a series of provocative readings, Wolf presents Vermeer in bracing new ways, arguing for the painter's immersion in--rather than withdrawal from--the intellectual concerns of his day. The result is a Vermeer we have not seen before ...

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