Johannes Vermeer's The Creation Of Adam, By Timothy Brooks

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The process of globalization is so uniquely displayed as Timothy Brooks uses Johannes Vermeer’s painting to illustrate the important events in the seventieth and eighteenth centuries, as well as shed light on the world, causing readers to think in a different manner. He shows that globalization was not simply because of one person, or one group of people, but many different cultures, thoughts, and ideas. Through the use of Vermeer’s paintings, Timothy Brooks discusses the rise of the global modern world and its intricate connection with The Creation of Adam painted by Michelangelo, as both reflect the economic and social changes that the world experienced through new trade routes, cultures, religious beliefs and a new era of learning and exploration. …show more content…
The Dutch East India Company, otherwise known as the VOC, is noted as one of the most recognizable signs of capitalism due to their influence in trade and exploration during the seventieth and eighteenth centuries. According to Brooks, “The Dutch East India Company the VOC, as it is known is to corporate capitalism what Benjamin Franklin's kite is to electronics: the beginning of something momentous that could not have been predicted at the time.” The roof of the Dutch East India Company, depicted in the painting of the View of Delft, showed the power of the Dutch East India Company through its unique structure and elegance. I believe this was influential because Vermeer ultimately illustrates how the world and people are changing surrounding the new global economic up rise. Along with a growing and changing economy, came an introduction of new religious thoughts and ideas, as well as other changes, including “These reversals were part of the larger transition that Dutch society was undergoing in Vermeer's time: from military to civil society, from monarchy to republicanism, from Catholicism to …show more content…
The age of exploration was all about discovering a new world. Columbus began by heading westward across the Atlantic in 1492 with his fleet of three small ships. According to Brooks, “he already understood that the world was round, and that sailing west would convey him to Asia”. He knew more than most, as he anticipated reaching China soon after Japan, but did not realize the large gap separating Europe and Asia, nor did he expect there to be land between them. Columbus’ curiosity and discovery lead to the exploration of the Americas and the rest of the world. I think Vermeer’s painting entitled The Geographer is an excellent example of the age of exploration, as I think he is using this painting to show the growth of knowledge about the world. Prior to the age of exploration, little was known about geography of the world. Many people became discovers by mistake and learned from their lack of knowledge. In particular, Brooks uses the example of a Spanish Jesuit Adriano de las Cortes who “experienced the consequence of having less than “complete knowledge” of the South China Sea on the morning of 16 February 1625, when Nossa Senhora de Guía was driven onto the rocks of the Chinese coast.” This ship was not intended to go to China at all, but this is a great example of the learning done during this time, changing the world into what

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