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A Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings V

The Small-Scale History Paintings

van de Wetering, Ernst (Ed.)

2011, XVIII, 674 p. 898 illus., 629 illus. in color.

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  • Reveals profound insights into Rembrandt’s original views on painting and how these developed during his career
  • Adds new impetus to research on Rembrandt by presenting a detailed understanding of Rembrandt’s views on pictorial quality, together with an analysis of 17th-century categories of thought about painting

This is the fifth volume of A CORPUS OF REMBRANDT PAINTINGS, which will consist of six volumes in total. The CORPUS is dedicated to the painted works of Rembrandt. It aims to isolate Rembrandt’s own works from the great volume of Rembrandt-like paintings, produced by his many pupils and followers, sometimes with the involvement of the master himself. The fourth volume (Springer 2005) was dedicated to Rembrandt’s self-portraits. This fifth volume is about the small-scale history and genre paintings. The so-called ‘histories’ (paintings, etchings and drawings with biblical or mythological scenes) were considered to be the most challenging assignments for an artist. All kinds of artistic insights and skills – known in Rembrandt’s time as the basic aspects of the art of painting - played a role in the creation of this kind of work, especially in the history paintings. Systematic research into this hitherto little known area has revealed a rich, and often fresh understanding of Rembrandt’s own way of thinking about these basic aspects, which makes the present volume a unique and innovative contribution to the history of art. A detailed comparison of Rembrandt’s own work with that of his pupils has furthermore provided a detailed access to Rembrandt’s own criteria regarding artistic quality.

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Preface.- Bibliographical and other Abbreviations.- Essays:.- I. Towards a Reconstruction of Rembrandt’s Art Theory.- II. An Illustrated Chronological Survey of Rembrandt’s Small-Scale ‘Histories’: Paintings, Etchings and a Selection of Drawings, with Remarks on Art-Theoretical Aspects, Function and Questions of Authenticity.- III. Rembrandt’s Prototypes and Pupils’ Production of Variants.- IV. On Quality: Comparative Remarks on the Functioning of Rembrandt’s Pictorial Mind.- V. More than One Hand in Paintings by Rembrandt.- Catalogue of the Small-Scale History and Genre Paintings 1642-1669 by Rembrandt and his Pupils.- Corrigenda et Addenda.- Indexes.

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