Vermeer

It’s been a busy week,.. no painting unfortunately, but I did find some time to read. Not only on art, but also on philosophy. (Which Imagereminds me to add a book on philosophy and art to my wishlist,.. 🙂 )

This week I read a book on Vermeer, which I was intended not to review before I will finish the book. But there are some interesting parts which can be separated from the whole, and be written about, even before I will finish it. This is mainly because the book discusses themes in his paintings. Themes like views, love, historical paintings and wine. The book is filled with pictures of Vermeer’s paintings and when you look at them, the most prominent parallel between the paintings is the room. It’s the same room, over and over again. The tile floor and paintings on the wall differ, as do the people on the paintings. But the room not, and it always is painted from the same point of view. The book has pictures of all the paintings, made in that room, next to each other, and I actually liked to see this parallel, because it was the perfect illustration for another book on Vermeer I read: Girl with a pearl earring from Tracy Chevalier. This was, contrary to the Vermeer-book I was reading this week, a fictional book, which is based on the little information we know about Vermeer. It’s about the painting girl with the pearl earring. The girl in the painting is the main character of the story and she tells her readers how Vermeer Imageworks on his paintings.

Like I said, we actually don’t know how Vermeer worked on his paintings, but it was só nice to read this book and pretend to know how he worked on his paintings! It feels so real, for the book describes Vermeer’s atelier exactly the way you can observe in his paintings. And ever since I read the book, I can’t look at the painting of the girl, without wondering if the actual girl, like the main character in the novel, had to pierce her ears only for this painting, and just in order to wear this earring. I also wonder whether the actual girl had sore ears because of the piercing. When I look at the painting, I can almost feel the pain in my own ears. The only thing Chévalier does not tell about, which I did read in the other book on Vermeer, was the iconography. After reading ‘girl with a pearl earring’ I thought I knew everything about Vermeer, but this week I was surprised to read about his use of iconography. It makes me love Vermeer’s paintings even more, for I love iconography. After receiving this new knowledge I’m curious if I will read more interesting information on Vermeer, as I finish the book. Therefore I will get back to you with a full review as soon as possible.

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