Traces of Vermeer by Jane JelleyTraces of Vermeer by Jane Jelley

Traces of Vermeer

byJane Jelley

Hardcover | August 15, 2017

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Johannes Vermeer's luminous paintings are loved and admired around the world, yet we do not understand how they were made. We see sunlit spaces; the glimmer of satin, silver, and linen; we see the softness of a hand on a lute string or letter. We recognise the distilled impression of a momentof time; and we feel it to be real.We might hope for some answers from the experts, but they are confounded too. Even with the modern technology available, they do not know why there is no evidence of any preliminary drawing; why there are shifts in focus; and why his pictures are unusually blurred. Some wonder if he might possiblyhave used a camera obscura to capture what he saw before him. The few traces Vermeer has left behind tell us little: there are no letters or diaries; and no reports of him at work. Jane Jelley has taken a new path in this detective story. A painter herself, she has worked with the materials of his time: the cochineal insect and lapis lazuli; the sheep bones, soot, earth and rust. She shows us how painters made their pictures layer by layer; she investigates old secrets; andhears travellers' tales. She explores how Vermeer could have used a lens in the creation of his masterpieces. The clues were there all along. After all this time, now we can unlock the studio door, and catch a glimpse of Vermeer inside, painting light.
Jane Jelley has been interested in traditional painting techniques and materials ever since she became a painter 30 years ago. She is particularly interested in landscapes and still life, and in the use of colour. She lives and works in Oxford.
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Title:Traces of VermeerFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0 inPublished:August 15, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198789726

ISBN - 13:9780198789727

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Table of Contents

IntroductionList of IllustrationsChronology of PaintingsWho's WhoIllustration of the Camera ObscuraMap of DelftPrelude1. A Painter at Home2. Colours of Delft3. Substance and Supports4. Working in the Studio5. Layers and Layers6. Through the Lens7. A Glimpse of Vermeer8. The Brightness of Day9. Into the Dark10. Printed LightCodaAppendicesNotesBibliographyIndex