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In one painting, a Dutch military officer leans toward a laughing girl. In another, a woman at a window weighs pieces of silver. In a third, fruit spills from a porcelain bowl onto a Turkish carpet. The officer's dashing hat is made of beaver fur, which European explorers got from Native Americans in exchange for weapons. Beaver pelts, in turn, financed the voyages of sailors seeking new routes to China. There - with silver mined in Peru - Europeans would purchase, by the thousands, the porcelain so often shown in Dutch paintings of this time.

Vermeer's haunting images hint at the stories behind these exquisitely rendered moments. As Timothy Brook shows us in Vermeer's Hat, these pictures, which seem so intimate, actually open doors onto a rapidly expanding world.

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Spell-binding ... as a guide to the world behind the pictures Vermeer's Hat is mind-expanding (John Carey Sunday Times)

A brilliant attempt to make us understand the reach and breadth of the first global age (Kathryn Hughes Guardian)

Brook takes you into the paintings in a way that can be spookily intimate (William Leith Evening Standard 2009-07-16)

Brook is a gifted storyteller... spellbinding... a treasure trove of astonishing pleasures (The Lady 2009-07-21)

How brilliantly Brook connects all with all (Guardian 2009-07-25)

Revelatory (Sunday Business Post 2009-07-19)

Illuminating footnotes to Vermeer's miracles on canvas (Independent 2009-08-07)

An erudite, surprising book that finds traces of swashbuckling where you'd least expect (Thomas Marks Daily Telegraph 2009-08-15)

Truly mesmerising. In this accessible but authoritative study, he... shows better than anyone I've read so far, the truly subversive power of detail (Lesley McDowell Independent on Sunday 2009-08-23)

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Vermeer's Hat offers us a rich new understanding both of Vermeer's paintings and of the era they portray. 'Effortless and compelling, Brooks is a wonderful storyteller. I doubt I will read a better book this year.' Sunday Telegraph

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