Laura J. Snyder Eye of the Beholder

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"See for yourself!" was the clarion call of the 1600's. Natural philosophers threw off the yoke of ancient authority, peered at nature with microscopes and telescopes, and ignited the Scientific Revolution. Artists investigated nature with lenses and created paintings filled with realistic effects of light and shadow. The hub of this optical innovation was the small Dutch city of Delft. Here Johannes Vermeer's experiments with lenses and a camera obscura taught him how we see under different conditions of light and helped him create the most luminous works of art ever beheld. Meanwhile, his neighbor Antoni van Leeuwenhoek's work with microscopes revealed a previously unimagined realm of minuscule creatures. The results was a transformation in both art and science the revolutionized how we see the world today. 

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TAMARA MARSTON has been an actor, singer and director for over 30 years. A career performer / musician, Tami has toured nationally with several groups and appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show and A&E’s Goodtime Café. Dividing her time between acting and singing gigs, choral conducting, music and stage directing, jingle and voiceover work, private and public teaching—and family—Tami feels very fortunate to make her living working in the arts.

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“Elegantly written intellectual history...fascinating.”
- Deborah Blum, The New York Times Book Review

“An engaging and richly detailed work of interdisciplinary history.”
- Jonathan Lopez, Wall Street Journal

“Beautifully evokes the ambience of late-seventeenth-century Delft... revelatory about Vermeer’s aims and methods, helping to explain what is so mesmeric about his work.”
- Philip Ball, Nature

“Vivid and persuasive.... This poetic, inclusive approach to popular science writing makes Eye of the Beholder an unfailing pleasure to read.”
- Wendy Smith, The Daily Beast

“Irresistible.... [Snyder] ingeniously explores the minutiae of her subjects’ lives to reveal sweeping changes in how their world was understood―ones that still resonate today.”
- Jonathon Keats, New Scientist

“Absorbing.... Snyder takes us back through time, beyond the reflections and shadows, to the very heart of Vermeer’s art.”
- Roma Tearne, The Independent [UK]

“Laura Snyder is both a masterly scholar and a powerful storyteller. In Eye of the Beholder, she transports us to the wonder-age of seventeenth-century Holland, as new discoveries in optics were shaping the two great geniuses of Delft―Vermeer and van Leeuwenhoek―and changing the course of art and science forever. A fabulous book.”
- Oliver Sacks

Eye of the Beholder is a thoughtful elaboration of the modern notion of seeing. Laura J. Snyder delves into the seventeenth century fascination with the tools of art and science, and shows how they came together to help us make sense of what is right in front of our eyes.”
- Russell Shorto, author of Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City

“Laura J. Snyder's Eye of the Beholder is an irresistible invitation into the lives and work of Vermeer and van Leeuwenhoek and how the extraordinary intersection of their genius in Seventeenth century Delft awakened our perceptions of how we see the world. It's a wonderful and vivid book.”
- Katharine Weber, author of The Music Lesson

“As in The Philosophical Breakfast Club, Laura Snyder tells the tale of a crucial moment in human discovery by focusing on the interplay between the personalities involved, in this case the great Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer and the amateur scientist Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, best known for his miniature microscopes and his pioneering work as a microbiologist. This was an age when artists as well as scientists explored nature, occasionally with the same technical means, such as optical devices. This delightful book is solidly researched but reads like a novel―and a good one at that!”
- Walter Liedtke, Curator of European Paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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