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Girl in Hyacinth Blue (1999)

por 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 por 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 por 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 por Susan Vreeland (conceptDawg)
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I didn't love it but I didn't hate it. Things were a bit confusing at first until I figured out the rhythm of the book. Vreeland is writing on a timeline spanning hundreds of years but she begins at the end and works backwards. I did not like this method at all and was frustrated that there wasn't a clear changing of hands between time periods---it made it hard to see these as connected stories surrounding this one painting. Instead, it seemed like I was reading a disconnected collection of short stories. It also would have been so nice to have dates at the beginning of each chapter to help imagine the setting. Instead, by the time I had the approximate decade figured out, the story was over. I also would have liked to see her interview at the beginning of the book as a forward. This would have explained some things and helped set the tone for an otherwise convoluted bunch of stories. These things made it very difficult to connect with these stories.

I do give Vreeland very high marks for research though. Everything from early 18th century drainage mills to Erasmus to pigeon keeping was described in satisfactory detail.

I did love the last two stories, though the "mystery" she alludes to in her interview was not at all a mystery---it was pretty clear from the beginning of the story who was the true artist. ( )
  classyhomemaker | Dec 11, 2023 |
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 |
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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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