Rembrandt's Eyes Hardcover
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As you’d expect from an art historian, there is vast insight into each painting (accompanied by excellent reproductions). If you then travel to see these paintings in the flesh (as you must!), his words come back to you and add immeasurably to your appreciation of the breathtaking and arresting portraits. Now you know why you love these paintings so much. But you get so much more than art criticism – you get to live and smell Amsterdam as Rembrandt would have done. One chapter recreates Amsterdam through the senses – sight, sound, touch etc – a work of pure imagination and one that could only have come from a writer for whom Amsterdam in the seventeenth century is a real as New York in 2003. But best of all is the humanity which pervades the book – Schama’s, Rembrandt’s and Rubens’s. Rare men all.
As a bonus, which at first you might think as I initially did is not relevant, is a large section about Rubens. However, when one gets acquainted with Rubens, it becomes clear that Rubens was a man of his and for his time, but Rembrandt's work has significance and meaning not only for his time, but for centuries to come. Through Rembrandt's work and also this book we learn to be engaged with art in a deeper and more personal way. Adriaan Luijk
However the book also discusses the art of these two great artists in detail and in that respect it is more than just a biography.
The standard of illustration is good with plenty of good quality colour prints. Many of them are full page size.
I would recommend this to anyone with even a passing interest in Rembrandt or European art.
Indulge the senses in the artistic riches of this book but be aware that for Schama, the horror of the Wars of Religion and the trials and tribulations of the human condition as well as its triumphs are never far below the often glittering surface.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book itself was in good condition. But it had several librarian marks. This was a bit disappointing. Delivery was as expected. Good.Published 10 months ago by maurits van der molen
As an artist myself, I have read a great many books on the subject of Art and Art history . This book for many reasons ranks in the top three. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Milos Biberovic
Utterly brilliant biography. I read this shortly before going to the Rembrandt exhibition at the National Gallery and Schama's arguments really put his works into perspective. Read morePublished 11 months ago by HistoryFan
Heavy going at times - a lot of background but I was hoping to learn more about the man and his family and
motivation to paint.