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Title:
Rembrandt
Author:
Westermann, Mariët.
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Publication Information:
London : Phaidon, 2000.
Physical Description:
351 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 22 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780714838571
Format :
Book

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Summary

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-69), the son of a well-to-do miller from the university town of Leiden, was by the age of 26 Holland's most celebrated painter and has remained an artist of universal appeal. Rembrandt made his name in Amsterdam, capital of the newly independent Dutch Republic and, as the centre of a global trade empire, a magnet for merchants, writers and artists. No one understood its possibilities better than Rembrandt, or captured its personalities and landscapes more memorably.

Whether tracing the highs and lows of Rembrandt's career or explaining the unique qualities of his work, Mariët Westermann's book is always lucid and perceptive. Based on the latest Rembrandt research, it demonstrates splendidly how a contextual study can stimulate the reader's delight in the art itself.


Author Notes

Mariët Westermann is Director of the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. A leading specialist in Netherlandish art, she is author of The Art of the Dutch Republic 1585-1718 and The Amusements of Jan Steen: Comic Painting in the Seventeenth Century .