Until now Rembrandt has eluded his biographers. The scarcity of documentary evidence on the one hand and the enormous scale of his artistic achievement on the other have left us at once dazzled and bereft. Now, after more than twenty years of work, Simon Schama has managed to combine an absolute mastery of the painter's life and times with an unprecedented sympathy for Rembrandt's character as it found both expression and transformation in his art. The result is enthralling as biography and as history, but above all it amounts to the first reconstruction of Rembrandt's genius that does full justice to its subject.
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Simon Schama is the University Professor in Art History and History at Columbia University in New York. His publications include THE EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES (1987), CITIZENS (1989), and LANDSCAPE AND MEMORY (1995). His major 16-part series on the history of Britain will begin in October 2000 on BBC television, one month after publication of this book.
Table of Contents
Part 1 The prospects of a painter: the quiddity. Part 2 The paragon: Jan and Maria; Pietro Paolo; Apelles in Antwerp. Part 3 The prodigy: RHL; the competition. Part 4 The prodigal: Amsterdam anatomized; body language; crossing the threshold. Part 5 The prophet: exposures; the price of painting; the sufficiency of grace. Part 6 Afterward: Rembrandt's ghost. (Part Contents).
Rembrandt's Eyes by Simon Schama, CBE
Simon Schama, CBE
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