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Rembrandt's journey : painter, draftsman, etcher
Ackley, Clifford S.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : MFA Publications, [2003]

Physical Description:
343 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
General Note:
Accompanies an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and The Art Institute of Chicago.
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Rembrandt changed the course of art history not only as a painter but also as a draftsman and printmaker. His output of some 300 etchings and drypoints represents a lifelong commitment to printmaking unequaled by any other seventeenth-century painter and comparable only to Picasso in our own time. "Rembrandt's Journey" unfolds the richness and diversity of Rembrandt's career as an etcher in the context of his paintings and drawings. Illustrated with nearly 200 works in all three media, this book traces the remarkable evolution of Rembrandt's art over four decades, from the robust physical energy of his early productions to the breadth, simplicity and meditative beauty of his later work. It establishes new and important connections among these works and among the three media that the artist explored throughout his career. It encompasses the wide range of his vision, from the tragic and spiritual to the earthy and comic. And it gives full due to Rembrandt's narrative sensibilities, showing how he endowed his figures (particularly in biblical scenes) with unprecedented psychological nuance and vividness. Published to accompany the first comprehensive American survey of his work in decades, "Rembrandt's Journey" offers a fresh, authoritative view of this endlessly familiar, yet still unknown, artist.

Table of Contents

Clifford S. AckleyClifford S. AckleyRonni BaerThomas E. RassieurClifford S. Ackley and Thomas E. Rassieur and Sue Welsh Reed and William W. RobinsonKate Harper and Thomas E. RassieurJoanna Karlgaard and Thomas E. RassieurDeborah La Camera and Rhona Macbeth and Kimberly NicholsKate Harper
Directors' Forewordp. 7
Acknowledgmentsp. 8
Introduction: Rembrandt's Artistic Journeyp. 11
Rembrandt as Actor and Dramatist: Gesture and Body Language in the Biblical Etchingsp. 17
Rembrandt's Oil Sketchesp. 29
Looking over Rembrandt's Shoulder: The Printmaker at Workp. 45
Cataloguep. 61
Use of the Cataloguep. 62
Exhibition Listp. 311
Chronologyp. 334
Materials and Techniquesp. 336
Referencesp. 339