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Reception and Interpretation

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  • Date Published: April 1999
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print February 2014
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521657310

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  • In this study, Christiane Hertel interprets the suppositions underlying Vermeer's canonization in the nineteenth century and also addresses the critical problem of locating his paintings in history. The specific concepts guiding critics were developed in the context of a reappraisal of Dutch painting in the nineteenth century, particularly in Germany and France. Based on current as well as historical discussions of a theory of aesthetic reception, her book makes a contribution to the evolving self-definition of the discipline of art history.

    • Beautifully produced book on a very popular artist
    • Written from the perspective of his reception in the nineteenth century
    • Locates Vermeer's paintings in history
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521657310
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 202 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.86kg
    • contains: 54 b/w illus. 8 colour illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print February 2014
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: reception and interpretation
    Part I. Idyll: The German Reception of Dutch Art and Vermeer's Paintings of Social Life: Introduction
    1. Hegel's legacy to German scholarship on seventeenth-century Dutch painting
    2. Vermeer's paintings of social life as 'disturbed idylls'
    3. Temporality and difference: 'The Chinese Hat'
    Part II. Fiction: The French Reception of Vermeer and the Modernity of Vermeer's Cityscape: Introduction
    4. French travel literature of the nineteenth-century
    5. Art criticism 1859–1913: the 'Oriental' Vermeer
    6. The modern Vermeer: Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past
    7. Seriality and originality: Vermeer's View of Delft, his 'Identical World' and Dutch painting in Proust's Remembrance of Things Past
    8. 'Fernbild'
    Part III. Allegory: The Question of Authority in Vermeer's The Art of Painting and Allegory of Faith: Introduction: 'The Rat and the Snake'
    9. Theories and concepts of allegory
    10. Vermeer's The Art of Painting
    11. Veritas Filia Temporis
    12. Vermeer's Allegory of Faith

  • Author

    Christiane Hertel, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania

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