Rembrandt Research Project Foundation

A Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings V

The Small-Scale History Paintings

Editors: van de Wetering, Ernst (Ed.)

  • 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
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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.

About the authors

Ernst van de Wetering is professor emeritus of art  history at the University of Amsterdam. He has been involved with the Rembrandt Research Project since the beginning and has been chairman of the project since 1993. Internationally renowned as the authority on Rembrandt and his paintings, Van de Wetering has published extensively on the topic of historic painting techniques, as well as on the field of theory and ethics of conservation and restoration.

Table of contents (36 chapters)

  • Towards a reconstruction of Rembrandt’s art theory

    Wetering, Ernst

    Pages 3-140

  • An illustrated chronological survey of Rembrandt’s small-scale ‘histories’: paintings, etchings and a selection of drawings

    Wetering, Ernst

    Pages 141-258

  • Rembrandt’s prototypes and pupils’ production of variants

    Wetering, Ernst

    Pages 259-282

  • On quality: Comparative remarks on the functioning of Rembrandt’s pictorial mind

    Wetering, Ernst

    Pages 283-310

  • More than one hand in paintings by Rembrandt

    Wetering, Ernst

    Pages 311-321

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings V
Book Subtitle
The Small-Scale History Paintings
Editors
  • Ernst van de Wetering
Series Title
Rembrandt Research Project Foundation
Series Volume
5
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-5786-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-5786-1
Special Cover Type ISBN
978-94-007-0191-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-4607-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 674
Number of Illustrations and Tables
269 b/w illustrations, 629 illustrations in colour
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