The artistic path of Vermeer, the great painter who described everyday life as seen in the gentle calm of a sunbeam.
He is one of the best-loved painters, yet for two centuries he vanished into oblivion: Vermeer (1632-1675), the inspired 17th-century Dutch master, represents one of the most intriguing paradoxes of the history of art. He was born and lived in Delft, in the industrious serenity of a neat, pious city, and his short career produced a limited number of absolute masterpieces. Paintings that remained hidden until their rediscovery, which generated such excitement that Vermeer was soon identified with the very soul of that period of European culture, the “golden century” of Holland. Vermeer delicately probes the folds of psychology, discreetly peering into orderly interiors to capture the sparkling instant of a maiden’s smile.
The book offers an unusual concentration of information on the artist, with over 300 full-color illustrations.