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Author: diana61

Joined: 11/9/2011
Posts: 1
GCT Trips Taken: 4
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Traveler Since: 2010

November 09, 2011

I enjoyed this tour very much and came home with a new interest in reading about the Netherlands.  I would recommend Vermeer's Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World by Timothy Brook, 2008.  This book is about the artist Johannes Vermeer from Delft, however it also includes references to Antwerp, Rotterdam, The Hague and Mauritshuis Museum, Hoorn, Enkhuizen, Amsterdam and of course, there is quite a bit of interesting history about Delft and the development of delftware. The objects found in Vermeer's paintings identify numerous connections between Delft and China.  This book also identifies the impact of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) and its international trade connections with Asia. 

Author: pauline

Joined: 3/9/2010
Posts: 1,059
GCT Trips Taken: 11
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England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Malta, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, China, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Canada, Russia, Ukraine

Traveler Since: 1999

November 09, 2011

Diana, thank you so much for that recommendation.  I went into Amazon and read some of the reviews, most of which were highly favorable.  Except for a couple who wanted more about Vermeer's art, which is not what the book is about.  I was so impressed that I have just downloaded it onto my Kindle and look forward to reading it.


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