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Vermeer's Wager stands on the intersection of paintings historical past and feedback, philosophy and museology. utilizing a well-known and celebrated portray via Johannes Vermeer as a case examine, Ivan Gaskell explores what it could actually suggest to grasp and use a piece of paintings. He argues that artwork historical past as quite often practiced, whereas effectively announcing definite claims to wisdom, fails take into consideration features of the original personality of artistic endeavors. Our dating to paintings is mediated, not just via replica – really images – but additionally via screens in museums. In an research that levels from seventeenth-century Holland, via mid-nineteenth-century France, to artists' and curators' perform this day, Gaskell attracts on his adventure of Dutch artwork background, philosophy and modern artwork feedback. an individual with an curiosity in Vermeer and the afterlife of his artwork will price this booklet, as will all who imagine heavily in regards to the function of images in notion and the middle reasons of artwork museums.

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