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Ramón Andrés

The Luthier of Delft

Music, Painting and Science in the Times of Vermeer and Spinoza

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Acantilado

September 2013

336 pages

Essay, Human Studies, Music

Original Title: El luthier de Delft

El Luthier de Delft examines seventeenth-century music (but also art and science), with particular attention to Dutch culture. The book revolves around three main characters, the painter Jan Vermeer, the philosopher Baruch Spinoza and the musician Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck. They guide the reader through the construction of musical instruments with all their woods and varnishes, the presence of women in art and music, the lives of painters and the symbolic world of their works, and studies in optics and the popularisation of the telescope. This book abounds in resonances and harmonies, wisdom and subtlety.

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«A succulent and erudite explosion of refined humanism».
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«An essay of exuberant erudition».
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Acantilado

September 2013

1 pages

Essay, Human Studies, Music