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Rembrandt by himself
Rembrandt by Himself Exhibition (1999-2000 : National Gallery, London and Royal Cabinet of Paintings Mauritshuis)
Publication Information:
London : National Gallery Publications, [1999]

Physical Description:
272 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 28 cm
General Note:
Royal Cabinet of Paintings Mauritshuis.

Published to accompany the exhibition at the National Gallery, London entitled Rembrandt by Himself, 9 June 1999 -5 September 1999 and at Royal Cabinet of Paintings Mauritshuis, The Hague, 25 September 1999 - 9 January 2000.
The multiple functions of Rembrandt's self portraits / Ernst van de Wetering -- Rembrandt and the artist's self-portrait: tradition and reception / Volker Manuth -- Costume in Rembrandt's self portraits / Marieke de Winkel -- The life of Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) / Ben Broos -- Note to the catalogue / Christopher White and Quentin Buvelot -- Catalogue / Edwin Buijsen, Peter Schatborn and Ben Broos -- Pupils of Rembrandt / Ariane van Suchtelen.
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N6953.R4 A4 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This publication maps the many developments in Rembrandt's self-portraiture during his life, and attempts to explain why this genre played such a dominant role in his work. It covers the background to Rembrandt's work and the impact of his style on his contemporaries.

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Rembrandt has never ceased to intrigue his audience, and his self-portraits in particular remain infinitely and irresistibly fascinating for their conveyance of grandeur, intimacy, or thoughtfulness. This catalog examines 86 painted, drawn, and etched self-portraits, and 15 self-portraits by pupils; a few entries concern works not possible to loan but included for completeness (for example, the Frick Self-portrait). Three essays examine how we may understand these complex images. Van de Wetering discusses their function as likenesses and their range of meaning; Volker Manuth discusses their relation to tradition and their historical reception; and Marieke de Winkel, their costume with respect to artists' representation and social status. In general, these authors, and four of the catalog entries, consider a fairly broad range of interpretations and do not offer consensus. Even as they are indebted to H. Perry Chapman's Rembrandt's Self-Portraits (CH, Sep'90), they generally diverge from her well-argued interpretation that the self-portraits convey the artist's role-playing and internal quest for identity. This is a good survey, one that will be useful for both specialist and introductory reader. All levels. A. Golahny; Lycoming College