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5.0 out of 5 stars Dutch Painting 1600-1800, 27 Oct. 2010
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Robert J Shiell (Poznan, Poznan Poland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Dutch Painting, 1600-1800 (The Yale University Press Pelican History) (Paperback)
Dutch Painting in its Golden Age is one of the great achievements in the history of western art, and the work of its great masters, Frans Hals, Rembrandt, Vermeer and van Ruisdael are names to conjure with.
The author of this magnificent volume, Seymour Slive, states disarmingly in the Preface that when he was asked by Yale University Press whether he would consider writing a new edition of the old Pelican History of Art volume (of which he was a co-author in 1966) he declined: "at my age I find it prudent to limit my liability." Urged again by Yale, he reread the original text and decided that the new format Yale Dutch Painting did indeed need thorough revion. I doubt that anyone could have made a better job of it.
The larger format of this edition (28.5 by 21.5 cm) allows for the inclusion of many more illustrations, with a generous proportion in full colour in full-page or half-page format.
The illustrations are overall excellent. And the text is excellent too. Seymour Slive's writing style is jargon free, and he acts throughout as a wise and congenial guide to the whole age of 17th and 18th Century Dutch Art. His approach is expository and descriptive rather than analytical, his enthusiasm for the works discussed contagious,at times even moving, especially in his long chapter on Rembrandt. The reader learns a great deal from reading this book. It is definitive without being exhaustive.
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