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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Reprint edition (December 5, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520212762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520212763
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #883,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brilliant analysis. . . . Must surely rank as one of the most profound interpretations of a painter ever written." -- Burlington Magazine

"It is, as we would expect, a painter's approach, but it is widened by the recognition that any artist's work is governed by the psychological nature of the artist himself. . . . A piece of first-rate scholarship and aesthetic understanding." -- Apollo

"Widely regarded as the most perceptive study of the painter." -- New York Review of Books

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"Gowing's text remains the single best sustained piece of critical writing that exists on Vermeer."—Svetlana Alpers

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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C. L. YOUNT on April 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
While only 35 paintings can be ascribed to Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), he is considered one of the most important painters in history. Vermeer captured the subtle depth of his subjects while in private contemplations, and recorded the delicacy of light and richness of color in a way that has probably never been surprised.

This luscious volume, with over 80 illustrations-including 54 full-color plates-presents Vermeer's complete illustrious works. From his much-loved Girl With A Pearl Earring to his cityscape The View of Delft (which Marcel Proust lauded as `the most beautiful painting the world'), you'll find them all here and be astounded by Vermeer's innovative technique and mastery of perspective and composition. As a supplement to Vermeer's magnificent works, art historian Dr. Erik Larsen provides an authoritative study of the artist's life and art, and the much-discussed debate surrounding the attribution of his paintings.

Vermeer, one of the first four titles in the Master Artists Library series, is the first series to include magnificent color reproductions of every painting by the featured artist. Written by some of the world's most important art historians, each volume includes a detailed analysis of the artist's paintings, along with an extensive biography. The first four books-Vermeer, Bosch, Masaccio, and Dûrer-are must-have additions to the bookshelves of all art love
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Kellie Hall on October 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
Perhaps I would not have been so disappointed had the other reviewer not produced such a glowing description of color plates and lucious images, but I just bought it new from amazon, and the book has 8 (count them, 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8) color plates- all of the rest are black and white. It looks like it will be interesting reading, and there are some lovely details in black and white, but this is an art book- on Vermeer, no less! There should be more color, certainly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sally Soltys on April 14, 2014
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I had to buy this book for an art history class I am in and it possible the worst thing I have ever read (for reference, I am an art history major and therefore have encounter many dry and boring art history books, so I'm qualified to make the assertion that this books is quite horrendous). Also, like someone else mentioned, it has barely any images and it refers to the paintings by their location (i.e. "The Dublin painting") not their actual titles, which would have made it a lot easier because most normal people haven't memorized the museum locations of all of Vermeer's works. Another thing mentioned in another review is the author's repetitive wordiness which I have to agree with. If you want a good book on Vermeer with all color images that is actually well written, I recommend Schnieder's complete works of Vermeer. I actually enjoyed reading that one. The author, Gowing, also is just terrible at explaining Vermeer's life and isn't even that accurate and the whole thing seems to be a test of how many times Gowing can use big words to sound smart. Overall, DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. TIAN on April 5, 2011
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Vermeer has always been one of my favorite painters
and this book is the most beautifully written analysis you could find on studies of Vermeer

this is not a book of facts
so if u r trying to find how Vermeer used his paint; what was his specific technique on a painting of his; or what exactly was his story (his family;religion;education etc.) this is not the book for u

but if u r just like me...who love and appreciate the beauty of Vermeer's work and who has no specific purpose on interpreting his intentions...who wholeheartedly love art and could therefore put aside those academic historical datas analysis.....and who is more concerned aesthetically about his work his style...this is the most beautifully written one for u:)
it's like poetry
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By F. Freymuller on September 10, 2011
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The author rambles on endlessly in what appears to be an attempt to impress the reader with complicated and cryptic prose. It is the worst art book I've ever purchased. Save your money!
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