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Rembrandt's Paintings Revisited - A Complete Survey - A Reprint of A Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings VI (Paperback, 1st ed. 2017) Loot Price: R1,960
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Rembrandt's Paintings Revisited - A Complete Survey - A Reprint of A Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings VI (Paperback, 1st ed....

Rembrandt's Paintings Revisited - A Complete Survey - A Reprint of A Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings VI (Paperback, 1st ed. 2017)

Ernst van de Wetering

Series: Rembrandt Research Project Foundation, 6

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The question of which 17th-century paintings in Rembrandt's style were actually painted by Rembrandt himself had already become an issue during his lifetime. It is an issue that is still hotly disputed among art historians today. The problem arose because Rembrandt had numerous pupils who learned the art of painting by imitating their master or by assisting him with his work as a portrait painter. He also left pieces unfinished, to be completed by others. The question is how to determine which works were from Rembrandt's own hand. Can we, for example, define the criteria of quality that would allow us to distinguish the master's work from that of his followers? Do we yet have methods of investigation that would deliver objective evidence of authenticity? To what extent do research techniques used in the physical sciences help? Or are we, after all, still dependent on the subjective, expert eye of the connoisseur? The present book provides answers to these questions. Prof. Ernst van de Wetering, the author of our forthcoming book which deals with these questions, has been closely involved in all aspects of this research since 1968, the year the renowned Rembrandt Research Project (RRP) was founded. In particular, he played an important role in developing new criteria for authentication. Van de Wetering was also witness to the way the often overly zealous tendency to doubt the authenticity of Rembrandt's paintings got out of hand. In this book he re-attributes to the master a substantial number of unjustly rejected Rembrandts. He also was closely involved in the (re)discovery of a considerable number of lost or completely unknown works by Rembrandt. The verdicts of earlier specialists - including the majority of members of the original RRP (up to 1989) - were based on connoisseurship: the self-confidence in one's ability to recognise a specific artist's style and 'hand'. Over the years, Van de Wetering has carried out seminal research into 17th-century studio practice and ideas about art current in Rembrandt's time. In this book he demonstrates the fallibility of traditional connoisseurship, especially in the case of Rembrandt, who was par excellence a searching artist. The methodological implications of this critical view are discussed in an introductory chapter which relates the history of the developments in this turbulent field of research. Van de Wetering's account of his own involvement in it makes this book a lively and sometimes unexpectedly personal account. The catalogue section presents a chronologically ordered survey of Rembrandt's entire painted oeuvre of 336 paintings, richly illustrated and annotated. For all the paintings re-attributed in this book, extensive commentaries have been included that provide a multi-facetted new insight into Rembrandt's world and the world of art-historical research. Rembrandt's Paintings Revisited is a reprint of the concluding sixth volume of A Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings (Volumes I-V; 1982, 1986, 1989, 2005, 2010). It can also be read as a revisionary critique of the first three Volumes published by the old RRP team up till 1989 and of Gerson's influential survey of Rembrandt's painted oeuvre of 1968/69. At the same time, the book is designed as an independent overview that can be used on the basis that anyone seeking more detailed information will be referred to the five previous (digital versions of the) Volumes and the detailed catalogues published in the meantime by the various museums with collections of Rembrandt paintings. This work of art history and art research should belong in the library of every serious art historical institute, university or museum.

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Imprint: Springer
Country of origin: Netherlands
Series: Rembrandt Research Project Foundation, 6
Release date: March 2017
First published: 2017
Authors: Ernst van de Wetering
Dimensions: 335 x 240 x 59mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 690
Edition: 1st ed. 2017
ISBN-13: 978-9402410273
Categories: Books > Arts & Architecture > History of art / art & design styles > 1600 to 1800 > General
Books > Arts & Architecture > Art forms, treatments & subjects > Painting & paintings > General
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > Social & cultural history
Books > Arts & Architecture > Art forms, treatments & subjects > Art treatments & subjects > Individual artists > General
Books > History > History of specific subjects > Social & cultural history
LSN: 9402410279
Barcode: 9789402410273

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