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Rembrandt Biography

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606 - 1669). Known commonly only as Rembrandt, is considered a master of Western Art. With more than 600 paintings and about 2,000 drawings and etchings, (and even more that have been lost as time passed) he is one of the most prolific artists of all time. The variety of the subjects used in his work is amazing when compared to others who specialized in only certain types of painting. Nudes, landscapes, portraits, everyday scenes, birds and animals, historical and mythological figures, biblical subjects, and self-portraits are all to be found in his creations. Rembrandt was born in Leiden, The Netherlands on July 15, 1606, the son of a miller of modest means. His education was not neglected, but the university bored him and he later dropped out to study art. He began with a local teacher and then left to study in Amsterdam where he mastered his lessons in six months. He returned to Leiden and at only 22 was already taking on students. He moved back to Amsterdam in 1631 and later married Saskia van Uylenburgh, the cousin of a successful art dealer who would enhance his career, introducing him to wealthy patrons who commissioned portraits from him. His other paintings were greatly sought after and he was making enough money to afford a huge house filled with many famous works of art. Unfortunately, however, his private life was not so successful. Of his and Saskia's four children, only one survived infancy and Saskia herself died in 1642. He was forced to declare bankruptcy in 1656 after his ostentatious lifestyle exceeded even the substantial funds he was making as a painter, teacher, and art dealer. He was forced to auction off his treasured art collection as well as his house. He began to focus more on painting for his own enjoyment rather than for commission and his paintings from this time are thought to be his best, showing a depth of richness and spirituality missing in the precise brushstrokes of his earlier works. Hendrickje Stoffels, a housekeeper whom he had hired in 1649, had become his common law wife and Rembrandt used her as a model for several of his paintings. He often called friends and family into his studio to serve as ideals for historical and mythological paintings, disguising them as portrayals of famous characters. Sadness still seemed to follow him, however, when in 1663 his second wife died, followed in 1668 with the death of his only surviving child, Titus. Rembrandt himself lived less than a year afterwards, dying on October 4, 1669.

 
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Fictions of the Pose: Rembrandt Against the Italian Renaissance
Hardcover (April 2000) Stanford Univ Press

Rembrandt / Not Rembrandt in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Aspects of Censorship, two volumes Paperback, 432 pages, Yale University Press, boxed edition (1995)

Fictions of the Pose: Rembrandt Against the Italian Renaissance Paperback, 534 pages (April 2000) Stanford Univ Press

Rembrandt's Eyes by Simon Schama Hardcover, 640 pages (November 1999) Knopf

Schama re-creates Rembrandt's life and times with all the verve and panache of a historical novelist--while never for an instant losing his scrupulous grip on recorded fact and detail.

Rembrandt: A Genius and His Impact by Albert Blankert - Hardcover, 450 pages (May 1998) Consortium Book Sales & Dist

The publisher: In recent years Rembrandt's oeuvre and influence have been hotly debated. A number of paintings hitherto said to be his have been reattributed by some scholars to pupils or even to obscure followers. This lavishly illustrated book, containing essays by some of the world's leading scholars on seventeenth-century Dutch art, is the first critical review of the present state Rembrandt studies finds itself in as a result.


Rembrandt
Hardcover (September 1996) Random House Value Publishing Inc.

Rembrandt's Self-Portraits: A Study in Seventeenth Century Identity Hardcover by H. Perry Chapman - 189 pages (February 1990) Princeton Univ Press

Rembrandt's Self-Portraits: A Study in Seventeenth-Century Identity Paperback by H. Perry Chapman - Reprint edition (October 1992) Princeton Univ Press

H. Perry Chapman has produced the first comprehensive treatment of the entire body of Rembrandt's self-portraits in their cultural and historical setting and in the context of the artist's life. Prevailing scholarship has tried to discredit the idea that the self-portraits stemmed from any particular inner need, but Chapman counters by presenting fascinating evidence that they represent a conscious and progressive quest for individual identity in a truly modern sense. "H. Perry Chapman, in my view, gives us the Rembrandt we need in the 1990s. . . . [Her] sensitivity to questions of style and expression, combined with original research, leads to a conclusion . . . that `Rembrandt's lifelong preoccupation with self-portraiture can be seen as a necessary process of identity formation or self-definition'--in short, autobiography."--Walter Liedtke, The Journal of Art "Chapman is a graceful writer. Her arguments are balanced, well documented, and vigorously pursued. . . . The publication of this book is cause for gratitude and joy."--Thomas D'Evelyn, Christian Science Monitor --This text refers to the hardcover edition of this title

Rembrandt's Enterprise: The Studio and the Market by Svetlana Alpers - Paperback Reprint edition (January 1991) Univ of Chicago Pr (Trd)

Rembrandt: The Master and His Workshop: Paintings/Drawings and Etchings by Christopher Brown, Pieter Van Theil - Hardcover (December 1991) Yale Univ Press

Rembrandt: The Master and His Workshop: Paintings by Christopher Brown, Jan Kelch, Pieter Van Thiel (Editor) - Hardcover (December 1991) Yale Univ Press

Rembrandt: Master of the Portrait (Discoveries Series) by Pascal Bonafoux
Paperback, 175 pages, Published by Harry N Abrams (Pap), 1992

Rembrandt, one of the greatest painters of all time, was sensationally successful as a young man but lonely, bankrupt, and virtually ignored by the end of his life--when he painted some of his most powerful works. This book traces his life and career and analyzes his paintings, including his unique handling of light, which would change the course of art forever. 204 illustrations, 169 in full color.
Rembrandt's Women
by Julia Lloyd Williams (Illustrator) Hardcover, 272 pages (July 2001) Prestel USA

The essays explore a variety of issues, ranging from the 17th-century Dutch notion of female beauty (was flab more attractive then?) to the significance of handkerchiefs held by women in portraits of the era. A key theme in these pages is the way Rembrandt's transformation of traditional mythological and biblical scenes featuring nude women created a new level of erotic immediacy.
Scholars have unearthed some interesting answers to questions like, What sort of woman in 17th-century Amsterdam would allow herself to be portrayed nude in a work of art?

Rembrandt by Himself by Christopher White (Editor), Quentin Buvelot (Editor) Hardcover, 256 pages (August 1999) Yale Univ Press

Landscapes of Rembrandt
by Boudewijn Bakker, Maria van Berge-Gerbaud Hardcover, 392 pages (January 1999) Uitgeverij Thoth

Rembrandt: The Painter at Work by Ernst Van De Wetering Hardcover (November 1997) Amsterdam Univ Press
Reader review: Clear, detailed look into the painting methods of Rembrandt Clear, open-minded, intelligent, detailed, and written with expert knowledge and love of the subject. Figures are high quality, very relevant, and informative. Wetering writes as a scientist with an artist's eye. Fascinating discussions of Rembrandt's use of underpainting and subsequent background to foreground painting method, the ingredients of his painting medium (no resin!), the effect of yellowing in the protective varnish layer, and other fundamental aspects of Rembrandt's art. Read for the latest scientific insight's into Rembrandt's working methods and for greater appreciation of Rembrandt's abilities and works.

Rembrandt's Bathsheba Reading King David's Letter (Masterpieces of Westerm Painting) by Ann Jensen Adams (Editor), Eric Jan Sluijter (Contributor), Svetlana Alpers (Contributor)

A Weekend With Rembrandt
by Pascal Bonafoux
Hardcover, 64 pages, Published by Rizzoli Intl Pubns, 1994

Readers witness the joys and rigors of the creative life as Rembrandt guides them through a hypothetical weekend of his career illustrated by his own work and vintage photographs.

Rembrandt (First Impressions Series) by Gary D. Schwartz
Hardcover, 92 pages, Published by Harry N Abrams, 1992

A biography of Rembrandt describes the artist's childhood, his apprenticeship with a painter, his job at the court of the Prince of Orange in the Hague, and his success.

What Makes a Rembrandt a Rembrandt? by Richard Muhlberger
Paperback, 48 pages, Published by Viking Press, 1993

Explores such art topics as style, composition, color, and subject matter as they relate to twelve works by Rembrandt.

The Complete Etchings of Rembrandt: Reproduced in Original Size by Rembrandt Van Rijn, Gary Schwartz (Editor), Rembrandt Van Rijn; Bk&Pst/rep Edition, Paperback, Published by Dover Pubns, 1994

Rembrandt Studies by Julius S. Held - Revised, Hardcover, 211 pages, Published by Princeton Univ Press, 1991

Rembrandt (World of Art)
by Christopher White - Paperback, Published by Thames & Hudson, 1984

Rembrandt's Landscapes by Cynthia P. Schneider Hardcover, 289