By Arthur K. Wheelock
This is a short but beautifully presented volume of Vermeer’s work with detailed descriptions accompanying each large color print.
The text provides the context of the painting along with artistic commentary. Viewing Vermeer’s works as a whole enhances one’s appreciation of this master of the Dutch Golden Age (1632-1675). Obvious themes such as his placement of subjects before open windows along with repeated use of costumes, props and even the paintings which appear within Vermeer’s paintings are all apparent when viewed together. Not one to normally ‘read’ art books, this one was read cover to cover.