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With a mere 35 known works, Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675) has left an indelible mark on art history, earning recognition as one of the most significant and inspiring artists. His paintings have sparked a New York Times bestseller, a film starring Scarlett Johansson, and record-breaking visitor numbers at art institutions worldwide, from Amsterdam to Washington.

Vermeer's subjects revolve around the everyday activities of domestic life, capturing moments of letter writing, music playing, and kitchen preparations. His meticulous attention to detail, mastery of light, and exceptional storytelling ability captivate viewers. Iconic pieces such as Lady Standing at a Virginal, A Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid, and the mesmerizing Girl with a Pearl Earring not only showcase his skill in rendering substance and texture but also hint at the untold stories and mysteries hidden beneath the surface.

This essential introduction features all of Vermeer's known works accompanied by concise and accessible texts, delving into his prominent position in art history and his unparalleled talent in bringing oil paint to life, immersing viewers in vivid scenes of human existence.

    Product Details

    • English edition
    • Product Type: Monograph, Hardcover
    • 96 pages, with 100 illustrations
    • Publication Date:
    • Shipping Dimensions: 10.2 × 8.3 × 0.6 inches
      (25.9 × 21.1 × 1.5 cm)
    • Shipping Weight: 1.24 lb (19.8 oz; 562 g)
    • SKU010003173 | ISBN: 9783836504898

    About Norbert Schneider

    Norbert Schneider is professor emeritus of Art History at the University of Karlsruhe. His research focuses on art history of the Middle Ages and early modern times (and the history of genres of painting), the methodology of art studies, and the history of philosophy. His numerous books include TASCHEN’s Still Life and Vermeer.

    About the Artist, Johannes Vermeer

    Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675) stands as one of the most enigmatic figures in art history. Little is known about his life, adding an air of mystery to his extraordinary body of work. Born and based in Delft, the Netherlands, Vermeer was a master of light, composition, and meticulous detail.

    Vermeer's paintings offer glimpses into everyday life, often featuring domestic scenes, intimate interiors, and female subjects engaged in daily activities. His exceptional ability to capture the effects of light and create a sense of stillness and serenity in his compositions has earned him admiration and acclaim.

    Despite producing a relatively small number of paintings during his lifetime, Vermeer's works, such as "Girl with a Pearl Earring" and "The Milkmaid," continue to captivate audiences with their exquisite beauty and technical skill. His subtle use of color, attention to texture, and masterful handling of light and shadow have solidified his reputation as one of the greatest Dutch painters of the Golden Age.

    Although Vermeer's life remains shrouded in mystery, his artistic legacy endures, and his paintings continue to inspire awe and fascination in viewers around the world.

    About Taschen

    Since its inception in 1985, the Taschen's Basic Art Series has evolved into the most successful collection of art books ever published. Each book in TASCHEN's Basic Art History series boasts around 100 color illustrations accompanied by explanatory captions, a detailed and illustrated introduction, and a carefully curated selection of the epoch's most significant works. These works are presented on a two-page spread, featuring a full-page image alongside an interpretation, as well as a portrait and a concise biography of the artist.

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