Books related to Vermeer and his artAnnotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine, unless noted.
- Girl with a Pearl Earring: A Novel
by Chevalier, Tracy
With the precision and focus of an Old Master's painting, Girl with a Pearl Earring paints a vivid portrait of colorful 17th-century Delft, as well as the hauntingly poignant story of one young girl's rite of passage.
- Circles of Confusion: A Clarie Montrose Mystery
by Henry, April
When DMV employee/sleuth Claire Montrose inherits a painting that looks as if it might be valuable, she encounters two men who are a little too eager to assist her in its appraisal.
- The Dance of Geometry
by Brian Howell
Brian Howell has masterfully interwoven three imagined episodes from the life of Vermeer. Praised by Katherine Weber (The Music Lesson) and artist David Hockney, this novel provides insight into the artist's vision and the creative process. - From Publisher Marketing.
- Girl in Hyacinth Blue
by Vreeland, Susan
Booklist PW Kirkus
In Susan Vreeland's gentle and beautiful new book, the ownership of a supposed vermeer painting is traced back to the moment of its inspiration; and as the painting moves through each owner's hands, what was long hidden or forgotten or repressed quietly surfaces. Like Vermeer's paintings, this novel illuminates the poignantly dear moments in people's lives. Tied together by a collective admiration, even love, for the painting, Vreeland's characters remind us how beauty transforms and why we reach for it, what lasts and what in our lives is singular, and unforgettable.
- The Music Lesson: A Novel
by Weber, Katharine
A startling, contemplative literary thriller about a passionate love affair, a stolen painting, and a violent splinter group of the IRA, by the author of Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear.
- Tulip Fever
Author: Moggach, Deborah
Publisher: Delacorte $ 21.95 ISBN: 0385334893
With critical raves from Britain and film rights already sold to Steven Spielberg, Tulip Fever is a tour de force set in 1630s Amsterdam - a tale about a smoldering passion that develops between a married woman and the artist painting her portrait.
Suggested Reading: Historical
- Vermeer: A View of Delft
by Bailey, Anthony
Publisher: Holt $ 27.50 ISBN: 0805067183 Date: 2001
Bailey presents a compelling portrait of Vermeer's life and character as he recreates the atmosphere of the times, introduces Vermeer's contemporaries, and portrays his domestic life in vibrant detail. Bailey sheds light on the science and artistry behind the glorious, almost mystical, paintings.
- The Golden Age of Dutch Art: Painting, Sculpture, Decorative
by Kiers, Judikje
Publisher: Thames $ 50 ISBN: 0500237743 Date: 2000
This sumptuous survey illuminates the extraordinary riAugust 6, 2007enteenth century -- the Dutch Golden Age. It is published on the occasion of an ambitious exhibition organized to celebrate the bicentenary of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. - Publisher Marketing.
More novels about Vermeer or Flemish/Dutch art:
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The Red Hat by John Bayley
The Recognitions by William Gaddis
Landscape of Lies by Peter Watson
Annotated lists of books receiving at least one starred review from one of four major review sources: Booklist, Kirkus, LJ and PW.