Timothy Brook Vermeer's Hat Analysis

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Timothy Brook, wrote the book “Vermeer’s Hat” to construct history through the examination of paintings, or objects within paintings. Brook quotes James Elkins who argues that paintings are like puzzles. The puzzle needs to be solved to satisfy the world’s confusion. He also conceders a painting to be a window into the past, that shows differences and similarities. He points out the mechanical discoveries such as the magnetic compass, paper and gunpowder has changed the world. Brook also presents the 17th century as being different due to differences within second contact. The author believes second contact falls between two extremes: selective adjustment through mutual influence rather than confrontation and conflict. As an alternative there
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