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Girl in Hyacinth Blue (1999)

by Susan Vreeland

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Eight linked stories tracing the history of a painting by the 17th century Dutch artist, Vermeer. In one, he paints his daughter to pay off debts, a second story describes the loss of the ownership papers, a third takes place on the eve of its theft by the Nazis. By the author of What Love Sees.
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    Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (Nickelini)
    Nickelini: Both books are historical fiction surrounding a Vermeer painting, but The Girl with the Pearl Earring is a far superior book.
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    People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks (whymaggiemay)
    whymaggiemay: Both well written, and both follow an art object from end to beginning, through the hands of those who once owned it.
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    The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland (conceptDawg)

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I love Vreeland's books. This is not my favorite though. ( )
  JRobinW | Jan 20, 2023 |
Beautifully-written historical fiction, told in reverse chronological order through a series of eight interconnected short stories, about the provenance of a fictional painting purported to be by Vermeer.
I was impressed by the author’s ability to create the mood of each time-period over the course of approximately three hundred years. I thought the author did an excellent job of showing how each of the painting’s custodians imbued a personal meaning into the artwork and did not part with it lightly, revealing the power of art to impact the life of an individual. Themes include the timelessness of great works of art and how art evokes different, but equally valid, reactions in each person. If you enjoyed [b:Girl with a Pearl Earring|2865|Girl with a Pearl Earring|Tracy Chevalier|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1327197580s/2865.jpg|3358875] or [b:The Last Painting of Sara de Vos|25664459|The Last Painting of Sara de Vos|Dominic Smith|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1494524049s/25664459.jpg|45487238], you will likely appreciate [b:Girl in Hyacinth Blue|321577|Girl in Hyacinth Blue|Susan Vreeland|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1364742503s/321577.jpg|19815]. Recommended to fans of historical fiction or art-related literature.
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  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
Loved it - traces a painting backwards from the hands of a math teacher to it's origin. Through several centuries, it
affects the owner's lives in different but impactful ways. How does beauty transform us? Why do we crave it? Can we own it? Will it last? ( )
  MartyB2000 | Jul 22, 2022 |
Really good read. Interesting novel. ( )
  LeahWiederspahn | Jun 2, 2022 |
If you love art and it's history this is a good read, even though she isn't real. ( )
  swbesecker | Feb 28, 2022 |
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Thou still unravished bride of quietness
Thou foster-child of Silence and slow Time...
Thou, silent form! dost tease us out of thought
As doth eternity.
- John Keats, 1819
O ongeschonden bruid van stille vrede,
pleegkind van den tijd die langzaam gaat...
Jij doet ons denken hoog ter aard'uit stijgen
zoals de eeuwigheid.
For Scott Godfrey, D.O., and Peter Falk, M.D.
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Cornelius Engelbrecht invented himself. (Love Enough)
She thought of all the people in all the paintings she had seen that day, not just Father's, in all the paintings of the world, in fact. Their eyes, the particular turn of a head, their loneliness or suffering or grief was borrowed by an artist to be seen by other people throughout the years who would never see them face to face. People who would be that close to her, she thought, a matter of a few arms' lengths, looking, looking, and they would never know her.
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Eight linked stories tracing the history of a painting by the 17th century Dutch artist, Vermeer. In one, he paints his daughter to pay off debts, a second story describes the loss of the ownership papers, a third takes place on the eve of its theft by the Nazis. By the author of What Love Sees.

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Love Enough

A Night Different From All Other Nights


Hyacinth Blues


From the Personal Papers of Adriaan Kuypers

Still Life

Magdalena Looking.
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