Rembrandt drawings /

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Main Author: Slive, Seymour, 1920-
Other Authors: Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, 1606-1669.
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum, c2009.
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This beautifully written and produced book is the perfect introduction to Rembrandt's drawings for general readers and students alike. Slive (formerly, Fogg Museum, Harvard), the leading historian of 17th-century Dutch art, turns his attention here to a relatively little-known aspect of Rembrandt's extraordinarily productive career. In lively, informal prose, Slive organizes the large corpus of the artist's drawings by subject, including portraits, children, animals, mythology, and religion, and evokes not only their scholarly context and stylistic development but also their artistic quality. In the process, a fuller picture emerges of Rembrandt's paintings and etchings and even of details of his personal life. The book includes some 200 excellent reproductions, mostly of the drawings but also of related works in other media, as well as a number by other artists that Rembrandt copied. The majority of these are in color, and a few details are beautifully enlarged. Scholarly notes and a biography of the artist enhance the text in this handsome volume that does justice to its important subject. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty and researchers; general readers. F. W. Robinson Cornell University

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