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 17th 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: a painter whose serene spaces and calm subjects incorporate within themselves, however obliquely, the world's troubles. Vermeer abandons what his predecessors had laboured so carefully to achieve: legible spaces, a world of moral clarity defined by the pressure of a hand against a table, or the scatter of light across a bare wall. Instead Vermeer complicated Dutch domestic art and invented what has puzzled and captivated his admirers ever since: the odd daubs of white pigment, scattered across the plane canvas; patches of blurred surface, contradicting the painting's illusionism without explanation; and the querulous silence that endows his women with secrets they dare not reveal. This illustrated book situates Vermeer in relation to his predecessors and contemporaries, and it demonstrates how powerfully he wrestled with questions of gender, class and representation. By rethinking Vermeer's achievement in relation to the early modern world that gave him birth, Wolf takes northern Renaissance and early modern studies in new directions.About the Author:
Bryan Jay Wolf is a professor of American Studies and English at Yale University. He is the author of "Romantic Re-vision: Culture and Consciousness in Nineteenth-Century American Painting and Literature," also published by the University of Chicago Press.
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Descripción University of Chicago Press, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería mon0001390446
Descripción University Of Chicago Press, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0226905047
Descripción University of Chicago Press, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0226905047
Descripción University of Chicago Press, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110226905047
Descripción University of Chicago Press, 2001. Estado de conservación: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction Part 1 - The Feminization of Culture 1. Inside the Camera Obscura 2. De Hooch and Domesticity Part 2 - Postnatural Painting 3. Cartesian Meditations 4. Interruption Part 3 - The Aesthetic 5. Writing Part 4 - Vermeer'sThe Art of Painting 6. Transgression 7. Nationhood Notes Index. Nº de ref. de la librería ABE_book_new_0226905047