Vermeer and His Milieu: A Web of Social History

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Princeton University Press, 21 janv. 1991 - 472 pages

This book is not only a fascinating biography of one of the greatest painters of the seventeenth century but also a social history of the colorful extended family to which he belonged and of the town life of the period. It explores a series of distinct worlds: Delft's Small-Cattle Market, where Vermeer's paternal family settled early in the century; the milieu of shady businessmen in Amsterdam that recruited Vermeer's grandfather to counterfeit coins; the artists, military contractors, and Protestant burghers who frequented the inn of Vermeer's father in Delft's Great Market Square; and the quiet, distinguished "Papists Corner" in which Vermeer, after marrying into a high-born Catholic family, retired to practice his art, while retaining ties with wealthy Protestant patrons. The relationship of Vermeer to his principal patron is one of many original discoveries in the book.

 

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Table des matières

By the Side of the SmallCattle Market
3
Grandfather Balthasar Counterfeiter
17
Grandmother Neeltge Goris
35
Reynier Jansz Vos alias Vermeer
55
Reynier Balthens Military Contractor
85
Apprenticeship and Marriage
98
Family Life in Gouda
108
A Young Artist in Delft
129
Frenzy and Death
203
Aftermath
216
Vermeers Clients and Patrons
246
An Estimate of the Total Number of Paintings Vermeer Painted between 1656 and 1675
265
List of Documents
268
Genealogical Charts
369
Bibliography
379
Index
385

Willem Bolnes
154
The Mature Artist
171
Illustrations
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