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Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing

Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing Best Read || [Laura J. Snyder] - Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing, Eye of the Beholder Johannes Vermeer Antoni van Leeuwenhoek and the Reinvention of Seeing On a summer day in in the small Dutch city of Delft Antoni van Leeuwenhoek a cloth salesman local bureaucrat and self taught natural philosopher gazed through a tiny lens set into a brass hol

  • Title: Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing
  • Author: Laura J. Snyder
  • ISBN: 9780393077469
  • Page: 431
  • Format: Hardcover

Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing Best Read || [Laura J. Snyder], Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing, Laura J. Snyder, Eye of the Beholder Johannes Vermeer Antoni van Leeuwenhoek and the Reinvention of Seeing On a summer day in in the small Dutch city of Delft Antoni van Leeuwenhoek a cloth salesman local bureaucrat and self taught natural philosopher gazed through a tiny lens set into a brass holder and discovered a never before imagined world of microscopic life At the same time in a nearby attic t Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing Best Read || [Laura J. Snyder] - Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing, Eye of the Beholder Johannes Vermeer Antoni van Leeuwenhoek and the Reinvention of Seeing On a summer day in in the small Dutch city of Delft Antoni van Leeuwenhoek a cloth salesman local bureaucrat and self taught natural philosopher gazed through a tiny lens set into a brass hol

  • Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing Best Read || [Laura J. Snyder]
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Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing

About "Laura J. Snyder"

  1. Laura J. Snyder

    An expert on Victorian science and culture, Fulbright scholar Laura J Snyder just completed a term as President of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science, and is Associate Professor of Philosophy at St John s University.

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  1. I don t know why I was under the impression that this was historical fiction it s not I really should have added it to my list of books to read sooner What a rich and wonderful history of both Johannes Vermeer and Antoni van Leeuwenhoek The author serves partly as a time traveling sleuth to understand if there might have been a relationship between Johannes Vermeer and Antoni van Leeuwenhoek To do this, she sifts through and parses research done by other but has conducted quite a bit of novel re [...]


  2. An intriguing study of optics early history and then the imaginative uses made of optics by artist Johannes Vermeer and father of microbiology Antoni van Leeuwenhoek As a fan of Vermeer s art, I found the explanations the close study of his paintings in terms of his use of light and the effects on emotion and tone to be absolutely fascinating Van Leeuwenhoek s studies were equally intriguing, although I admit I couldn t listen to some of the experiments done by him, his contemporaries, and earli [...]


  3. One of the things that we sometimes overlook when we tell the stories of the way the world we know came to be is how much of it happened at the same time We look at this development or that discovery in isolation and often don t consider the other things that may have been going on at the time, perhaps even in almost the same place.Laura Snyder s 2015 Eye of the Beholder bridges one of those gaps by observing the way that different people in the Netherlands in the 17th century began using lenses [...]


  4. Eye of the Beholder Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuvenhoek and the reinvention of seeing, by Laura J Snyder Norton, 2015 Snyder here mines a slightly earlier period and a different country from The Philosophical Breakfast Club Here she argues that in Delft, the Netherlands, during the second half of the 17th century, Leeuvenhoek and Vermeer developed a dramatic new way of seeing the world, through microscopy and painting The context the slowly developing understanding that light moves through [...]


  5. This is an interesting and scholarly book that deals with the scientific revolution and the cluster of genius of the early 17th century Dutch Republic It mainly focuses on Vermeer and Leeuwenhoek, who lived across the street from one another and facilitates description of the larger issues Lens grinding was all the rage and allowed people to extend their senses via telescopes, microscopes and the camera obscura Using the device revealed unexpected details of the world and in addition to seeing t [...]


  6. Having read this book I will look at Dutch art of the 1600 s in an entirely new way What better recommendation for reading this book Snyder writes very carefully to reconstruct the social, economic, and intellegentia s worlds of Delft, the Netherlands, and England and to a certain extent other countries polities of Europe Like Vermeer she is able to describe so that we can see clearly the worlds these two men lived in a good historian, she carefully distinguishes between what is fact, what is re [...]


  7. I really like the central thesis that Van Leeuwenhoek and Vermeer were using optical devices to see what previously had been unseen Van Leeuwenhoek was always looking through microscopes at anything he could lay his hands on and Vermeer used the camera obscura to look at how colours change under different light conditions Laura Snyder doesn t really know if there was any relationship between the two who lived in the same area of Delft at the same time although they were born at the same time, Ve [...]


  8. This is an interesting exploration of how the artist Vermeer and the scientist Leuwenhoeck changed our way of seeing The author is very circumspect over whether they actually knew each other, but it seems they probably did It dragged in places, but that may be because she was covering similar ground I like her idea that our brain as well as our eyes have to be trained to see.


  9. I picked up this book because the National Gallery of Art was hosting a Vermeer and other Dutch masters exhibit, and I wanted to gain some insight into Vermeer before I went to the exhibit Sadly, I barely scraped the surface before going to the exhibit I did, however, watch the Penn Teller movie, Tim s Vermeer highly recommend Although Snyder does not take on Tim Jenison of Tim s Vermeer directly, it would appear they have conflicting views on Vermeer s methods If you want to dip your toe in the [...]


  10. As a retired biologist who included van Leeuwenhoek in my lectures, I was interested to read Snyder s comparison between van Leeuwenhoek and the artist Vermeer I appreciated Snyder s presentation of evidence, especially her keeping the book grounded in it A theme of some current historians is to expand their expositions by conjecture, speculation, and flights of fancy Snyder wants very badly to show direct connections between Vermeer and van Leeuwenhoek, who were contemporaries in Delft, and mak [...]


  11. Challenging non fiction at least for me about the changes in the European world during Vermeer van Leeuwenhoek s lives The author does a nice job of not overstating anything, constantly stating that maybe, it can be thought, perhaps, it is likely, etc since much of what she writes is conjecture Not without reason, but there is no direct evidence to support many of her ideas Did Vermeer van Leeuwenhoek know each other How did they each use the camera obscura But there are definitive conclusions t [...]


  12. Realising that there are only a certain number of books that I can read in my lifetime, I gave up on this one half way through The premise is interesting, but the book is a cacophany of words, tossed together like a salad For many, many pages it hardly made sense Where was the editor Snyder meanders from one topic to another, then circles back in on herself And there is the constant supposition and conjecture when the evidence refuses to give us facts e.g IF Leeuwenhoek owned a copy of this book [...]


  13. A very thorough look at how truly seeing is important to both art and science Both art and science can not rely solely on eyesight to see they need lenses, camera obscura, and realizing that preconceived notions can shape perception I had known of Vermeer, but Leeuwenhoek was a new discovery His incredible importance to science had previously escaped me.


  14. Excellent insight into 16th century Delft The Netherlands was incredibly advanced during this time, owing largely to their extremely successful enterprises in trade, which brought into the country vast quantities of wealth While its heavy on the Leeuwenhoek and light on the Vermeer its a fascinating account of an extremely productive era in human history


  15. Very well written, the author understands the creative process, which is unusual for a science writer She shows the influence optical experiments and technology had on art and how Vermeer and his contemporaries viewed the visible, and until then invisible, world Entertaining and easy to read.


  16. Excellent book about the artist Vermeer and the microscopist Leeuwenhoek who both lived in the same Dutch town Although they lived during the same time period, there is no evidence that they knew each other Both of them changed the way we see the world Very scholarly work.


  17. Vermeer did not trace his paintings wholesale from the camera obscura image But one need not conjecture that Vermeer traced a camera obscura image in order to see a role for it in his toolkit He used the camera obscura much as the natural philosophers used it to experiment with light, to investigate and discover its optical properties His object would have been to learn how to create the semblance of reality how to attain that sense of houding, that make believe space that feels real Since the i [...]


  18. I enjoyed this book well enough but it needs a proper edit to trim an over abundance of detail, repetition and re statement A good book, it could ve been a better one, worthy of four stars I love the art of the Dutch Republic and was drawn by the promise of better understanding the transcendent art of Johannes Vermeer Well I do, and I don t, after reading this book Overall I was a tad disappointed, though it isn t fair to blame an author for not writing the book you want so don t let that dissua [...]



  19. This book is definitely one that is hard to classify Is it about art Is it about science Is it about human perception It s a little of all of those And there s some Dutch history tossed in as well.Mostly the book is about the revolution in how people literally saw the world starting in the 17th Century Van Leeuwenhoek developed the modern microscope and he was the first to use it to find out that human bodies have a lot of very small creatures floating around in them.Vermeer turns up in the book [...]



  20. It is a comprehensive study of seeing devices that were new or under development in the 17th century, particularly cameras obscura that many artists used for the composition of their pictures I thought is would deal basically with Johannes Vermeer and instead I found a treatise on optics Not that it wasn t interesting it was, and very much so, but I am not gifted in sciences but I m in love with art, hence my relative disappointment with this book Anyway, Ms Snyder is a very talented historian a [...]


  21. I worked this in as a quick read to break up the monotony of trilogies and fantasy fiction, and was pleasantly suprised This book has an excellent blend of historical content with eloquent storytelling I was interested in the art aspect, but found myself sucked into the science This is not the quick saturday reader I had hoped, it s very slow and technical in parts, but all beautifully written I am thrilled to have came across this, and it will be a book I dwell on for years to come as it has p [...]


  22. I made it half way through this book Snyder presents interesting facts about the lives of Vermeer and Leeuwenhoeck and how they intersect or potentially intersect However, it seemed filled with too much detail, much of which did not relate to a central idea I was disappointed because her book about early scientists The Philosophical Breakfast Club was a pleasure to read The latter explored the development of science as its own discipline and the small group of English academics leading that move [...]


  23. We might think that we naturally just see, but we learn to see This book has many insights into how, for instance, optical instruments, especially the camera obscura and the microscope, have altered our ways of seeing In addition, the author points out how mindsets have to change, for people to see in new ways There is on Van Leeuwenhoek than Vermeer, however, because there is less documentation on Vermeer.


  24. It was a good exposition of the talents of Vermeer and van Leeuwenhoek, but from the title, I had expected than circumstantial evidence to tie the two men together Same city, same time, same street but nothing that proves that they worked in the same circle If you re looking for the ties that bind, this will disappoint The average rating is not for the lack of evidence, but the uneven, and sometimes interrupted progress in telling each story.


  25. Well, I must admit the descriptions of some apparatus and techniques of painting were way over my head But the insight into the parallel and often overlapping worlds of Vermeer and van Leeuwenhoek was fascinating They were on the cutting edge of science and art, developing news ways to learn how to observe what they were seeing I will not think of the microscope and the camera obscura in the same light again.


  26. Having lived in Delft for many years and loving the 17th century this book was awesome fit for me The author brought so much historical details to lightAnd gave me understanding of the two subjects which were both brilliant contributors to our world.


  27. Colossal waste of words.A ponderous mish mash of hypotheses, suppositions and speculations piled very high regurgitated over and over again leading nowhere.Perhaps most disappointing of all were the favourable reviews on.



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