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Abstract

Of all the artists Updike mentions in his writing, none is cited more often than seventeenth-century Dutch painter Jan Vermeer, whose near-photographic depictions of household scenes from everyday bourgeois life are recalled in Updike's own fictional portraits of upper-middle-dass domesticity-particularly those set in his native Pennsylvania, where the Dutch historically settled.

Disciplines

Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture | Arts and Humanities | English Language and Literature | Literature in English, North America