- Author: Rembrandt
- Author: Gary Schwartz
- Publisher: HARRY N ABRAMS INC
- Published: October 2006
- ISBN-10: 0810943174
- ISBN-13: 9780810943179
- Format: Oversize Hardcover
- Copyright: 2006
- Subject: ART / Individual Artists / General
Schwartz (Rembrandt, His Life, His Paintings: A New Biography ), who maintains the online art history column, "The Schwartzlist" (www.garyschwartzarthistorian.nl/schwartzlist/?id=24 ), created this handsome, liberally illustrated work (with 700 full-color reproductions) in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Dutch painter Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn's birth. In addition to a brief biography, he provides a complete thematic overview of key issues, materials, techniques, and people encompassing Rembrandt's world, including family members and patrons, and he treats the artist's drawings, etchings, landscape paintings, portraits, and allegorical as well as genre paintings within the context of 17th-century Holland. Though it is not footnoted, the accessible text makes evident Schwartz's expertise on his subject, as does the extensive bibliography. Schwartz sometimes departs from the prevailing wisdom, e.g., when asserting that Rembrandt's landscapes might not have been based on religion but served as an escape from personal tragedy, particularly the deaths of the artist's wife and son and the loss of his home. A basic introduction for both the novice and the art historian on a much-loved and revered artist who peered into the human soul; highly recommended for all art book collections.—Ellen Bates, New York[Page 68]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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