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The Rembrandt Book Hardcover – 8 Nov 2006
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I bought a "used" copy, but what I actually received from the seller was in "like new" condition. That was the first stroke of awesomeness. Then I opened the book.
It was better than expected. I know that there may be other books on Rembrandt that may have information included here, or larger reproductions... whatever. The biographical material was first-rate, there is ample discussion of his technique, progress as an artist and his materials and process. There is also a good deal of discussion that puts individual works into the context of his life, and the time and society that they were painted in, and for.
Many of the reproductions are smaller than I would have liked, but this is more of a scholarly examination of Rembrandt, himself, than a coffee-table collection of his works.
If you can get it in good condition and for a price you're comfortable with, I don't think you'll regret the purchase at all.
However I was a bit disappointed that he laid so much stress upon the background of Rembrandt life,as if(!!)all what Rembrandt did was copying and what he painted was much influenced by what was demanded of him.
However in this book we find again a very comprehensive view, but this time he leaves the question "Who is Rembrandt?" more open. And somehow he manages that Rembrandt comes to the fore, by referring for example to St Paul that he could be a Jew, a Greek or whatever and still be himself.
No wonder this book is called 'The Rembrandt Book' and even if you have read his first book, this one is better, although many items are already mentioned in his first book.