One State, One Book
Thousands of readers across Mississippi are expected to read The Girl in Hyacinth Blue as part of the One State, One Book program, sponsored by the Mississippi Library Commission Center for the Book. The program was designed to encourage Mississippians to read and discuss the same book during 2004.
"Girl in Hyacinth Blue," the story of a fictitious painting by the Dutch master Johannes Vermeer, was chosen as a tie-in with The Glory of Baroque Dresden international exhibition in Jackson through Sept. 6.
The exhibit consists of more than 400 works from the State Art Collections in Dresden, Germany, and reflects Baroque art including paintings by Rembrandt van Rijn, Vermeer and Peter Paul Rubens.
"Girl in Hyacinth Blue" begins in modern times and traces the painting's ownership back to its creation in the 1600s.