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Looking Over Vermeer's Shoulder
by Jonathan Janson (painter and author of Essential Vermeer)
Who would have not wanted to look over the shoulders of one of the greatest painting technicians of Western art while he was at work?
Looking Over Vermeer's Shoulder is the complete, illustrated book about the materials and day-to-day painting practices of the seventeenth-century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer, and those of the his most technically advanced colleagues.
In the first section, in-depth investigation sheds full light not only the artist's unique treatment light, color, composition, drawing and perspective but how he painted some of the most defining yet overlooked motifs of his interior scenes, such as marble floor tiles, wall maps, drapery and white-washed walls. Detailed information is given about the artist’s studio environment, how he devised his perfectly balanced scenes and how he was inspired by and made use of the camera obscura in a practical setting.
In the second section, each step of Vermeer’s rigorous, multi-step method is unraveled in the order one might encounter them in the painting process. This allows the reader to follow how the artist patiently built up his images during the months of unremitting attention to every aspect of the painting proces, from the stretching of his fine-woven linen canvas to the final touches and glazes.
While carefully analyzing of all know data regarding Vermeer’s painting procedures—with the aid of hundreds of full color images and diagrams —the author combines his life-long study of Vermeer’s art and his qualifications as a trained painter to produce an intimate, three-dimensional view of the painter, which no iconographical or art historical study can yield.
Vermeer and Rembrandt: the Masters of the 17th Century Dutch Golden Age
6-10-1 Roppongi | 52 fields Mori Tower Roppongi Hills, Minato 106-6151, Tokyo Prefecture
January 14. - March 31, 2016
from exhibition web page:
The Dutch Golden Age of Dutch history spanned the 17th century, and it was during this period that the Netherlands underwent great development. In the field of painting, a great many excellent painters produced numerous splendid masterpieces. They include well-known painters such as the painter of light, Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) from Delft, as well as Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669) famed in Amsterdam, and then more widely for his unique ideas, techniques and composition. Their paintings remain still colorful and vivid even after 400 years, leaving the viewer with a powerful impression.
This exhibition introduces the Dutch Golden Age and painters of the era through around 60 artworks. The highlights include Young Woman with a Water Pitcher by Vermeer and Bellona by Rembrandt; both presented to the public for the first time in Japan.
Vermeer's Woman Holding a Water Pitcher will return in Spring 2016 to the Metropolitan.
"Dutch painters cut from the same canvas"
by C.B. Liddell
The Japan Times
Frans Grijzenhout proposes new location of Vermeer's Little Street.
Philip Steadman argues there is a better fit.
Frans Grijzenhout has recently proposed that Vermeer’s The Little Street shows houses at 40 and 42 Vlamingstraat in Delft. His theory is the subject of a current exhibition at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Philip Steadman, author of Vermeer’s Camera, argues the case for an alternative location on the Voldersgracht. Steadman’s case is supported with contemporary maps, drawings and a 19th century photograph.
Click here to read Steadman's illustrated article.
Janene Pieters, "Mystery of world-famous Vermeer setting finally solved"
Nov. 19, 2015
The century-old mystery of the exact location of Johannes Vermeer’s painting Little Street, has finally been solved. The setting for the world-famous painting is on Vlamingstraat in Delft, where houses 40-42 now stand.
This extraordinary revelation was made by Dr. Frans Grijzenhout, professor of Art History at the University of Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum announced on Thursday.
Grijzenhout searched 17th-century records in the Delft archives and found the conclusive answer in The file of the deep waters within the city of Delft from 1667, also called the Register of the quayside fee. This register kept record of how much tax everyone who owned a house on a canal in Delft had to pay for the deepening of the canal and for maintenance of the wharf in front of his door. It contains detailed, accurate up to 15 cm, information on the breath of all the houses and ports on the Delft canals in Vermeer’s time.
The two houses that then stood on Vlamingstraat where numbers 40-42 are now located, completely correspond with the Little Street. No other houses from Vermeer’s time correspond so exactly.
The research also revealed that Vermeer’s aunt—the widow Ariaentgen Claes van der Minne, Vermeer’s father’s half-sister —lived in the house on the right side of the painting. Vermeer’s mother and sister lived on the same canal, diagonally across the street. According to the Rijksmuseum, it is therefore likely that Vermeer knew the house well and had personal memories linked to it.
“The answer to the question of where Vermeer’s Little Street is located, is of great significance and will have profound consequences, bot for the way we look at this one painting by Vermeer as well as for the image we have of Vermeer as an artist”, said Pieter Roelofs, curator of 17th-century paintings at the Rijksmuseum.
To celebrate theLittle Street's address being found, the Rijksmuseum is dedicating an exhibition to the discovery. The exhibition will be in the Rijksmuseum between November 20th of this year and March 13th, 2016.
from the Rijksmuseum website:
The houses now on the site were built in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The only aspect that can still be recognized as it appears in The Little Street is the striking gate and passageway on the right. The investigation also revealed that the house on the right in The Little Street belonged to Vermeer’s widowed aunt, Ariaentgen Claes van der Minne, his father’s half-sister. She earned her living and provided for her five children by selling tripe, and the passageway beside the house was known as the Penspoort—Tripe Gate. We also know that Vermeer’s mother and sister lived on the same canal, diagonally opposite.
Rijksmuseum Press Release (higi-resolution images of Vermeer's Little Street and Vlamingstraat, Delft)
Martin Bailey, "Exact location of Vermeer’s Little Street discovered"
The Art Newspaper, November 20, 2015
Brian Boucher, "Has the Site of Johannes Vermeer's ‘Little Street' Been Identified?"
Art News, Monday, November 23, 2015
Google Art Project presentation:
A special exhibition about the newly found location of Vermeer's Little Street will be held in two venues:
20 November 2015-13 March 2016
Stedelijk Museum Het Prinsenhof, Delft
25 March-17 July 2016
Patrick van Mil, Director of Museum Prinsenhof Delft, says "This offers the opportunity to put Delft on the map as the Vermeer City. With new routes through the city, a special virtual reality App, Vermeer packages etc. We bring the Vermeer of Delft for the visitors to life. To achieve this we are looking for cooperation with various parties such as the Oude Kerk, the Vermeer Centre, TU Delft, Delft Marketing and business. Together we can develop an attractive program whereby Delft would again be dominated by Johannes Vermeer and 'The Little Street', Delft, Vermeer and Vermeer's Delft!"
Reflecting Class in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City
February 24, 2016 - May 29, 2016
from the musuem website:
This groundbreaking exhibition examines 17th-century Dutch paintings in light of the new Republic’s social structure. Although the Dutch Republic was relatively democratic at the time, class distinctions remained and conveyed a variety of meanings to its citizens.
Through approximately 71 carefully selected and arranged paintings, this exhibition will present the ways in which Dutch pictures reflect various socio-economic groups. Additionally, three place settings featuring the everyday tableware of the upper, middle, and lower classes will bring to life the tangible differences within the Republic’s stratified population.
By exploring how class distinctions were expressed and the associations each group held, a more nuanced picture of Dutch society will emerge. Highlights of the exhibition include Vermeer’s A Lady Writing and portraits by Rembrandt and Hals.
This exhibition was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
members and children under 12: Free
seniors over 55: $10
students with ID: $6
Vermeer Suite: Music in 17th-Century Dutch Painting
January 17 - August 21, 2016
from the museum website:
The Dallas Museum of Art presents Vermeer Suite: Music in 17th-Century Dutch Painting, an exhibition organized by the DMA showcasing paintings from the prestigious Leiden Collection of New York, including a work by Johannes Vermeer. The great 17th-century Dutch painter created fewer than forty paintings during his lifetime, and Young Woman Seated at a Virginal from 1670–72 is believed to be one of Vermeer’s last. This masterpiece is the inspiration for the DMA exhibition Vermeer Suite: Music in 17th-Century Dutch Painting, which includes seven additional loans from The Leiden Collection of works by Vermeer’s contemporaries—artists Jan Steen, Gerard ter Borch, Jacob Adriaensz Ochtervelt, Eglon van der Neer, Gerard Dou, and Frans van Mieris—whose paintings also portray musicians performing period instruments such as the lute, violin, and violincello and demonstrate key aspects of 17th-century musical culture.
entrance: free of charge
Vermeer: The Complete Works
December 5, 2015
from the Taschen website:
The Dutch Republic in the 17th century was home to one of the greatest flowerings of painting in the history of Western art. Freed from the constraints of royal and church patronage, artists created a rich outpouring of works that circulated through an open market to patrons and customers at every level of Dutch society. The closely observed details of daily life captured in portraits, genre scenes and landscapes offer a wealth of information about the possessions, activities and circumstances that distinguished members of the social classes, from the nobility to the urban poor. The dazzling array of paintings gathered here—by artists such as Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch and Gerard ter Borch, as well as Rembrandt and Vermeer—illuminated by essays from leading scholars, invites us to explore a vibrant early modern society and its reflection in a golden age of brilliant painting.
This XL edition brings together the complete catalog of Vermeer’s work, presenting the calm yet compelling scenes so treasured in galleries across Europe and the United States into one monograph of utmost reproduction quality. With brand new photography of many works, Vermeer’s restrained but richly evocative repertoire of domestic actions – ranging from letter writing to music making to preparations in the kitchen – unfolds in a generous format, including three fold-out spreads. Numerous details emphasize the artist’s remarkable ability not only to bear witness to the trends and trimmings of the Dutch Golden Age but also to encapsulate an entire story in just one transient gesture, expression, or look.
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El luthier de Delft: Música, pintura y ciencia en tiempos de Vermeer y Spinoza (Spanish)
by Ramón Andrés, 2015
from the publisher's website:
El luthier de Delft es una obra que analiza la música (aunque también el arte y la ciencia) del siglo XVII, especialmente centrada en la cultura neerlandesa. El libro gira en torno a tres personajes centrales, el pintor Jan Vermeer, el filósofo Baruch Spinoza y el músico Jan Pietrszoon Sweelinck. A partir de ellos, el lector se encontrará con la construcción de instrumentos musicales, sus maderas y barnices, así como con el papel de la mujer en el arte y la música; la vida de los pintores y el mundo simbólico de sus obras y los estudios científicos destinados a la óptica y la difusión del telescopio. Un libro lleno de resonancias y armonías, sabiduría y sutileza.
(The luthier of Delft is a work that analyzes the music (but also art and science) of the seventeenth century, especially focusing on Dutch culture. The book revolves around three central characters, the painter Johannes Vermeer, the philosopher Baruch Spinoza and musician Jan Sweelinck Pietrszoon. From them, the reader will discover the construction of musical instruments, their woods and varnishes, as well as the role of women in art and music; the lives of the painters and the symbolic world of his works and scientific studies for the optical telescope and dissemination. A book full of resonances and harmonies, wisdom and subtlety.)
Ramon Andrés is a celebrated spanish musicologist and essay-writer.
After 320 years Vermeer's iconic Little Street will be back to Delft. thanks a special collaboration between Delft Prinsenhof Museum and Rijksmuseum.
Patrick van Mil, Director of Museum Prinsenhof Delft, said the arrival of Vermeer in Delft is a dream come true: "It is wonderful that, thanks to the Rijksmuseum Vermeer is reunited with his hometown and 'The Little Street' returns to where it is created. Vermeer is one of the most famous painters in the world. The Little Street is a fine example of the renewal of the Delft painting in the middle of the 17th century. In combination with other Delft masterpieces in our collection, we can Prinsenhof Museum in Delft show beautifully."
The exhibition in Museum Prinsenhof Delft is scheduled for spring 2016 in full tourist season. In cooperation with the Oude Kerk, the Vermeer Centre, TU Delft, Delft Marketing and business a series of initiatives will bring bak to life in Delft including new Vermeer routes through the city, a special virtual reality App and Vermeer packages.
Masterworks in Dialogue. Eminent Guests for the Anniversary
7 October 2015 - 24 January 2016
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
from the museum website:
The Städel collection looks forward to welcoming a number of international visitors on the occasion of its bicentennial. A show that has been conceived by all the Städel’s curators together will confront key works of the institution’s own holdings with masterpieces from the most renowned museums over the world.
The approximately 40 encounters of important anniversary guests with works from the Städel’s collection will not only yield insights into exciting and sometimes surprising art-historical and historical connections but also unfold a background for reassessing the Städel’s own holdings.
Class Distinctions: Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer
October 11, 2015 – January 18, 2016
Museum of Fine Art, Boston
Ann and Graham Gund Gallery (Gallery LG31)
from the CODART website:
Organized by the MFA, this groundbreaking exhibition proposes a new approach to the understanding of 17th-century Dutch painting. Included are 75 carefully selected and beautifully preserved portraits, genre scenes, landscapes and seascapes borrowed from European and American public and private collections—including masterpieces never before seen in the US. The show will reflect, for the first time, the ways in which art signals the socioeconomic groups of the new Dutch Republic, from the Princes of Orange to the most indigent of citizens. Class distinctions had meaning and were expressed in the type of work depicted (or the lack thereof), the costumes, a figure’s comportment and behavior, or his physical environment. Arranged according to 17th-century ideas about social stratification, paintings by artists such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch, Gerard ter Borch and Gabriel Metsu, will be divided into three classes—upper, middle and lower—and further sub-divided into eight categories. A final section will explore the places where the classes in Dutch society met one another. Additionally, 45 works of decorative arts—objects used by each class but diverging in material and decoration (for example, salt cellars, candlesticks, mustard pots, linens)—will be installed in three table settings to highlight material differences among the classes. The accompanying publication features essays by a team of distinguished Dutch scholars and exhibition curator Ronni Baer, the MFA’s William and Ann Elfers Senior Curator of Paintings.
To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975; to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk. Tickets must be purchased prior to the start of the first session; individual sessions are not available.
Class Distinctions: Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer
Ronni Baer, with essays by Henk van Nierop, Herman Roodenburg, Eric Jan Sluijter, Marieke de Winkel, and Sanny de Zoete
about the curator:
from Dutch Culture USA website:
A specialist in 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art, Dr. Ronni Baer joined the MFA in 2000 as Senior Curator of Paintings in the Art of Europe Department. Prior to arriving in Boston, she held positions as curator, professor and researcher at numerous museums and higher learning institutions. Baer has overseen the installation of several European galleries in the Museum and was curator of the exhibitions El Greco to Velázquez: Art during the Reign of Philip III (2008), Rembrandt's Journey: Painter | Draftsman | Etcher (co-curated with Cliff Ackley, 2004) and The Poetry of Everyday Life: Dutch Painting in Boston (2002). She was also responsible for the traveling exhibitions, Still Life from the MFA, Boston: Tradition and Innovation (2011, Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts), Five Centuries of European Portraiture (2006, Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts) and Gerrit Dou (1613-1675): Master Painter in the Age of Rembrandt’ (2000), National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC).
Baer completed her Master’s and Ph.D. in art history at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, following her undergraduate work in French literature at Emory University (Atlanta). Baer was awarded a Getty Research Institute Guest Museum Scholarship in 2013 and received the Encomienda de la Orden de Isabel la Católica from King Juan Carlos I of Spain in 2008. In addition to authoring the catalogues for the exhibitions above, she is author and editor of the catalogue for the upcoming show, Class Distinctions: Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer.
Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer. An exhibition from the British Royal Collection
The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
November 13, 2015 - February 14, 2016
all information below from the Royal Collection website:
The Dutch artists of the 17th century painted ordinary people doing everyday things. They offer us a glimpse into the rumbustious life of village taverns and peasant cottages, and the quiet domesticity of courtyards and parlours. While the subject-matter may be ordinary—the preparation of food, eating and drinking, the enjoyment of music or a family game—the painting is rich and jewel-like, with equal attention paid to a discarded clay pipe as to a fine silk drape. The meticulously documented details often allude to a work's deeper meaning or to moral messages that would have been familiar to the contemporary viewer.
Presenting 27 masterpieces from the Royal Collection, the exhibition includes works by Gerrit Dou, Gabriel Metsu, Jan Steen and Pieter de Hooch, and Johannes Vermeer's Music Lesson (A Lady at the Virginal with a Gentleman).
opens daily, 10:00-17:30
last admission 16:15
under 17/disabled £5.20
under 5 free
For more details please see Royal Collection ticket pages.
Exhibition Talk for groups - Masters of the Everyday
Thursday, 12 November 2015 to Thursday, 11 February 2016
To enhance your group visit to Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer, book an exclusive introductory talk by a Royal Collection Trust expert in the Gallery's Redgrave Room. After your 30-minute talk in English, your group is free to enjoy the exhibition at leisure using a complimentary audio tour. Please note Exhibition Talks are for pre-booked groups only.
duration: 1 hour 30 minutes - 2 hours
price: adult £18.80 - over 60/student (with valid ID) £16.90 - under 17/disabled £9.30
location: The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
essential information: Exhibition Talks can be booked on Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00.
Monday, 16 November 2015 - Thursday, 11 February 2016
Private Evening Views can be arranged for groups to explore Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace. This exclusive after-hours event offers groups the opportunity to enjoy the exhibition without the crowds. The evening concludes with a glass of wine served in the Gallery Shop. Groups may bring their own guide to interpret the exhibitions or simply explore them at leisure. Price includes a Private Evening View and a glass of wine in the Gallery Shop.
Please be aware, Private Evening Views are only available for pre-booked groups.
duration: 1 hour
time: 18:30 - 19:30
price: £35.00 per person
minimum number: 50 or booking value £1,750.
maximum number: 150.
location: The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
essential information: Private Evening Views can be booked on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 18:30 during exhibitions. Please be aware the £2.00 telephone booking transaction fee is not payable on this group visit.
contact: +44 (0)20 7766 7321
Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer
Desmond Shawe-Taylor and Quentin Buvelot
Hardback, 176 pages, 289 x 233 mm, over 150 colour illustrations
During the seventeenth century, Dutch artists were unparalleled in their dedication to depicting ordinary people doing everyday things. Genre painting was the pre-eminent expression of this dedication, offering candid glimpses into the peasant cottages and village courtyards of the Dutch Golden Age, each painting lit with the period’s vibrant color palette and rich with radiant natural light.
This superb collection focuses on a selection of works of Dutch genre painting from the Royal Collection’s holdings. Johannes Vermeer, Jan Steen, Gerrit Dou, Gabriel Metsu, and Pieter de Hooch are among the masters whose works are finely reproduced here. While the subject matter may be ordinary—the preparation of food, the bustle of a busy market, the enjoyment of taverns and town festivities—the meticulously documented details often allude to a work’s deeper meaning, that would have been familiar to the contemporary viewer.
The book explores these hidden moral messages, as well as the artist’s penchant for clever visual puns.
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Desmond Shawe-Taylor is Surveyor of The Queen’s Pictures, Royal Collection Trust. His previous publications include Dutch Landscapes (2010) and most recently The First Georgians: Art & Monarchy 1714–1760 (2014).
Quentin Buvelot is Senior Curator at the Mauritshuis. His recent publications include Dutch Portraits: The Age of Rembrandt and Frans Hals (2007) and Jacob van Ruisdael Paints Bentheim (2009).
Edinburgh The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse
March 4 - July 24, 2016
The Mauritshuis, The Hague
September 29, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Vermeer's Christ in the House of Martha and Mary will form part of a touring exhibition of America and Australia and will return to the Scottish National Gallery in February of 2016.
The Greats: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland
The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
October 24, 2015-February 14, 2016
VERMEER (ARTS AND IDEAS)
by Wayne Franits
March 23, 2015
In this new monograph, the latest in Phaidon’s Art and Ideas series, Wayne Franits examines the work of Vermeer within the framework of his times, one of the most intellectually creative periods in this history of art. Written in a lively and accessible style, and incorporating the latest scholarship on the artist, Franits provides fresh insights into many of Vermeer's most famous works, uncovering the creative process behind them and their wealth of meanings. All paintings by Vermeer are illustrated.
about the author:
Wayne Franits, a specialist in seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish art, is Professor of Art History at Syracuse University, New York. His numerous publications have explored a variety of topics within the field, ranging from genre painting and portraiture to the work of the Dutch followers of Caravaggio.
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Travels in Vermeer: A Memoir
by Michael White
Michael Whites's Travels in Vermeer: A Memoir made the National Book Awards longlist for Nonfiction. Finalists will be announced on October 14th, and winners will be announced at a ceremony in New York on November 18th.
from publisher's website:
A lyrical and intimate account of how a poet, in the midst of a bad divorce, finds consolation and grace through viewing the paintings of Vermeer, in six world cities. In the midst of a divorce (in which the custody of his young daughter is at stake) and over the course of a year, the poet Michael White, travels to Amsterdam, The Hague, Delft, London, Washington, and New York to view the paintings of Johannes Vermeer, an artist obsessed with romance and the inner life. He is astounded by how consoling it is to look closely at Vermeer’s women, at the artist’s relationship to his subjects, and at how composition reflects back to the viewer such deep feeling. Includes the author’s very personal study of Vermeer. Through these travels and his encounters with Vermeer’s radiant vision, White finds grace and personal transformation.
"White brings [sensitivity] to his luminous readings of the paintings. An enchanting book about the transformative power of art."
"… Figures it took a poet to get it this beautifully, thrillingly right.” - (
— Peter Trachtenberg
"A unique dance among genres...clear and powerful descriptions touch on the mysteries of seduction, loss, and the artistic impulse."
— Clyde Edgerton
about the author:
Michael White is the author of four award-winning collections of poetry. He lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, and heads the creative writing department at UNC-Wilmington.
See also the companion volume, MIchael White's Vermeer in Hell, winner of Persea's Lexi Rudnitsky / Editor's Choice Award.
Original Trade Paperback / $17.95 (Can $20.95) / ISBN 978-0-89255-437-9 / 192 pages / Memoir, Literature, Art History
The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
from March 17, 2015
The Saint Praxedis, which is believed by some scholars to be an authentic early work by Vermeer will be on public display for the first time since it was auctioned by Christie’s on July 8, 2014 for $10,687,160 (£6,242,500). The painting, exhibited as "attributed to Vermeer," in the Permanent Collection Galleries (Main Building, 2nd Floor).
EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: JOHANNES VERMEER, ANTONI VAN LEEUWENHOEK, AND THE REINVENTION OF SEEING
Mar 16, 2015
by Laura J. Snyder
from the publisher's website:
In Eye of the Beholder, Laura J. Snyder transports us to the streets, inns, and guildhalls of seventeenth-century Holland, where artists and scientists gathered, and to their studios and laboratories, where they mixed paints and prepared canvases, ground and polished lenses, examined and dissected insects and other animals, and invented the modern notion of seeing. With charm and narrative flair Snyder brings Vermeer and Van Leeuwenhoek—and the men and women around them—vividly to life. The story of these two geniuses and the transformation they engendered shows us why we see the world—and our place within it—as we do today.
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"Rich and Rewarding" — Graeme Wood, The American Scholar
"It is clear that Snyder is out of her depth in much of the perspective and optics that she discusses. She gives a rather abbreviated account of the experiments made with cameras by art historians and fails to pinpoint properly what exactly it was that led them and numerous others to suspect Vermeer of using the camera in the first place. She rejects out of hand my own theoretical and experimental work. And she makes no mention of Tim Jenison’s very remarkable experiment, which proves beyond doubt the feasibility of painting in colour and in meticulous minute detail with a camera obscura. Indeed all the exciting work that has been happening on these questions over the last fifteen years is absent from Snyder’s account. This is work in progress, there are many matters of debate and uncertainty, and much remains to be investigated and discovered. But what an opportunity has been missed here!"—Philip Steadman (author of Vermeer's Camera: Uncovering the Truth behind the Masterpieces, 2001 ) Amazon Customer Review
"Laura Snyder is both a masterly scholar and a powerful storyteller. In Eye of the Beholder, she transports us to the wonder-age of seventeenth-century Holland, as new discoveries in optics were shaping the two great geniuses of Delft—Vermeer and van Leeuwenhoek—and changing the course of art and science forever. A fabulous book."
—Jonathan Lopez, The Wall Street Journal Online
"Eye of the Beholder is a thoughtful elaboration of the modern notion of seeing. Laura J. Snyder delves into the seventeenth century fascination with the tools of art and science, and shows how they came together to help us make sense of what is right in front of our eyes."
— Russell Shorto, author of Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City