- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press (September 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0300090536
- ISBN-13: 978-0300090536
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.2 x 12.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,286,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A View of Delft: Vermeer and his Contemporaries
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Liedtke, the curator of European paintings at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, has produced a book that is broad in scope but refined in detail. He reviews the artists who resided in Delft or "South Holland," as Liedtke chooses to refer to the area between the years 1650 and 1675. Following close on the heels of the recent "Vermeer and the Delft School" exhibit at the Met, this book, though conspicuous in both proximity and theme to the exhibit, is not a catalog of the works therein. Here Liedtke, who also wrote Vermeer and the Delft School (LJ 6/15/01), which served as catalog, examines how perception and style interact and concentrates on examining works with a strong fidelity to visual experience, such as Carel Fabritius's townscape A View in Delft and Gerard Houckgeest's Nieuwe Kerk in Delft with the Tomb of William the Silent. He shows the Delft artists to be conventional men immersed in and affected by their culture. Though he discusses many obscure artists, Liedtke peruses the work of Vermeer, Fabritius, and Pieter de Hooch in detail. Unfortunately, his writing makes for a less than pleasurable experience. Expecting a great deal of erudition on the part of the reader, the work, like the art discussed, is pedantic and scrupulous in detail, but Liedtke's writing style makes little effort to be vivacious or even interesting. This is redeemed somewhat by the superb catalog of artwork, which contains 32 color and 320 black-and-white images, including several fold-out reproductions. The quality of the copies, especially the color plates, is high. Libraries will better serve themselves in acquiring Liedtke's excellent catalog of the exhibit, mentioned above, which has 225 color plates and presents an interesting analysis as well, giving a history of the Delft city while debunking myths about the city as unsophisticated. The work in hand is recommended only for large art history collections and academic libraries. Adam Mazel, "Library Journal"
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
[E]verything readers could possibly want to know about a myriad of specialized subjects [A] joy to peruse again and again. -- ARTnews
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