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A Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings

Small-Scale History Paintings

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Part of the Stichting Foundation Rembrandt Research Project book series (RRSE, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. Essays

  3. Catalogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 323-323
    2. Ernst Van De Wetering
      Pages 325-342
    3. Ernst Van De Wetering
      Pages 355-370
    4. Ernst Van De Wetering
      Pages 371-378
    5. Ernst Van De Wetering
      Pages 379-388
    6. Ernst Van De Wetering
      Pages 405-410
    7. Ernst Van De Wetering
      Pages 418-426
    8. Ernst Van De Wetering
      Pages 427-434
    9. Ernst Van De Wetering
      Pages 435-446

About this book

Introduction

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.

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