What places does Brook say are the “two poles of the magnetic field of interconnection” in his book? What does Brook mean by “paintings are not ‘taken,’ like photographs; they are ‘made’”? What does Brook mean by “objects as signs of the time and place in which the painting was made”? What three mechanical discoveries did Francis Bacon say in 1620 had changed the world? How did Marco Polo cause China to hold a powerful place in the imagination of Europeans? What does Brook say were characteristics of “second contacts”? What does Brook mean when he says, “Their world…would never be the same. No surprise, then, that artists as homebound as Johannes Vermeer were catching glimpses of the change.”?
The book Vermeer’s Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World by the Canadian historian and sinologist Timothy Brook.
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