Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Vermeer Interviews review

What a cool concept for a book!! The Vermeer Interviews: Conversations with Seven Works of Art, as imagined by Bob Raczka, does exactly as the title indicates. Conversations are held between Raczka and seven of Vermeer's most famous works of art, looking at paintings from a whole new perspective.

Raczka first has a conversation with "The Milkmaid" painting, discussing how she is often compared to "Girl with a Pearl Earring," and though not as glamourous, she certainly held an important job in her day.

We also listen to the woman from "Woman in Blue Reading a Letter," dishing on all the mystery surrounding who the letter was from and what was in it, as well as the specific coloring that Vermeer uses to paint her and the mood that they produce.

Included are little facts about when the painting is assumed to have been produced and where, as well as a nice bibliography at the end. Beautiful paintings of course are on each page and the FUN in the conversations is just amazing. I really hope Raczka does a whole series of these books...I would love to know what other paintings have to say!

To learn more or to purchase, click on the book cover above to link to Amazon.

The Vermeer Interviews: Conversations with Seven Works of Art
Bob Raczka
32 pages
Middle Grade
Millbrook
9780822594024
April 2009

1 comment:

ibeeeg said...

This is a cool concept.
I am going to put this on my list to check out for possible purchase.