Author(s): Mariet Westerman
A survey of the life and times of Rembrandt van Rijn, one of the most famous and well-loved artists.
From his precocious early work in his native Leyden to his emotional late work and his immense artistic influence, Rembrandt's life is traced within the context of the Netherlands in the 17th century, the highly literate and cosmopolitan environment of Amsterdam and Rembrandt's wealthy and influential patrons.
By the author of "The Art of the Dutch Republic 1585-1718" and "The Amusements of Jan Steen: Comic Painting in the Seventeenth Century"
Introduction: Rembrandt's faces. Becoming an artist, 1620-1631; portraitist of Amsterdam, 1631-1639; making history, 1631-1639; private interests, public paintings, 1939-1642; an art for connoisseurs, 1642-1654; the business of art I -Rembrandt's workshop and collection; the business of art II - financial failure, artistic independence; Rembrandt as a printmaker; painting against the grain, 1660-1669. Epilogue: Rembrandt and the roles of art.