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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-1669) was one of the most complex and multi-faceted artists of the 17th century. From his initial period in Leiden to his earlier and later phases in Amsterdam, the stages of Rembrandt's career mirror the artistic and intellectual developments of the century. After breaking off his studies in Leiden, the young Rembrandt trained as a paint Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-1669) was one of the most complex and multi-faceted artists of the 17th century. From his initial period in Leiden to his earlier and later phases in Amsterdam, the stages of Rembrandt's career mirror the artistic and intellectual developments of the century. After breaking off his studies in Leiden, the young Rembrandt trained as a painter for two years and eventually established his own painting workshop. Characteristic of the Leiden period are his biblical histories, such as The Raising of Lazarus, but the roots of Rembrandt's portraiture, nourished by his intensive studies of physiognomy, also are to be found in these same years. Later, in Amsterdam, the perfection of Rembrandt's likenesses initially won him the favor of numerous patrons- but the artist soon surpassed their expectations. Transcending traditional modes of presentation, Rembrandt composed his portraits in the same manner he had earlier constructed his scenes. The results are visible, for example, in the famous group portrait The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp from 1632. In the last phase of Rembrandt's work - when, plagued by financial problems, he had withdrawn into seclusion - it is no longer possible to distinguish between event paintings and portraits.


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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-1669) was one of the most complex and multi-faceted artists of the 17th century. From his initial period in Leiden to his earlier and later phases in Amsterdam, the stages of Rembrandt's career mirror the artistic and intellectual developments of the century. After breaking off his studies in Leiden, the young Rembrandt trained as a paint Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-1669) was one of the most complex and multi-faceted artists of the 17th century. From his initial period in Leiden to his earlier and later phases in Amsterdam, the stages of Rembrandt's career mirror the artistic and intellectual developments of the century. After breaking off his studies in Leiden, the young Rembrandt trained as a painter for two years and eventually established his own painting workshop. Characteristic of the Leiden period are his biblical histories, such as The Raising of Lazarus, but the roots of Rembrandt's portraiture, nourished by his intensive studies of physiognomy, also are to be found in these same years. Later, in Amsterdam, the perfection of Rembrandt's likenesses initially won him the favor of numerous patrons- but the artist soon surpassed their expectations. Transcending traditional modes of presentation, Rembrandt composed his portraits in the same manner he had earlier constructed his scenes. The results are visible, for example, in the famous group portrait The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp from 1632. In the last phase of Rembrandt's work - when, plagued by financial problems, he had withdrawn into seclusion - it is no longer possible to distinguish between event paintings and portraits.

30 review for Rembrandt, 1606-1669: The Mystery of the Revealed Form

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    Excellent both as a study of Rembrandt's work and as a portrayal of the man and the culture in which he lived. Excellent both as a study of Rembrandt's work and as a portrayal of the man and the culture in which he lived.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Milad Gharebaghi

    A useful book as a brief study on Rembrandt's work. The description was kinda boring in some pages but the drawings were amazing. A useful book as a brief study on Rembrandt's work. The description was kinda boring in some pages but the drawings were amazing.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rachmaninov Rachmaninov

    The book is ok.Not the best book on Rembrandt.Rembrandt was in a christian sect some think and also a book on Rembrandt should talk more about Calvenism and the freedom it gave artists.The big wonder is how did he paint his work,no one knows,we only know he worked very slow,many months on a painting. Well he is the greatest painter in the history of the world.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Denice

    My favorite artist - brilliant!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kayleigh

    Sigh, why are some of these Taschen written so boring? Some parts were interesting and others were kind of strange. I still like the Rembrandts who are pictured inside of this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sergey Tchigak

    Куча пустословия - раскрытие личности Рембранда на нуле.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Edith

    Rembrandt was one of the most complex and multi-faceted artists of the 17th century. From his initial period in Leiden to his earlier and later phases in Amsterdam, the stages of Rembrandt's career mirror the artistic and intellectual developments of the century. This brilliantly written and detailed book takes you through the artist's life, giving exceptional insight to his life's changes and how they were reflected in his works. This is lavishly illustrated and brings a much deeper understandi Rembrandt was one of the most complex and multi-faceted artists of the 17th century. From his initial period in Leiden to his earlier and later phases in Amsterdam, the stages of Rembrandt's career mirror the artistic and intellectual developments of the century. This brilliantly written and detailed book takes you through the artist's life, giving exceptional insight to his life's changes and how they were reflected in his works. This is lavishly illustrated and brings a much deeper understanding to the paintings of one of the great masters. I felt this was the best book I had read this year.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lorenza

    Portando le sue scene all'estremo, al punto culminante dell'azione esteriore, il giovane Rembrandt tocca i limiti del quadro. Le sue scene estremamente concitate lasciano però intendere che l'artista non riconosce questi limiti e che anzi vuole superarli, utilizzando, se necessario, anche la violenza. È importante osservare come le opere giovanili di Rembrandt comincino proprio laddove finiscono le possibilità della pittura. Nel corso di tutta la sua carriera, l'artista terrà fede al principio d Portando le sue scene all'estremo, al punto culminante dell'azione esteriore, il giovane Rembrandt tocca i limiti del quadro. Le sue scene estremamente concitate lasciano però intendere che l'artista non riconosce questi limiti e che anzi vuole superarli, utilizzando, se necessario, anche la violenza. È importante osservare come le opere giovanili di Rembrandt comincino proprio laddove finiscono le possibilità della pittura. Nel corso di tutta la sua carriera, l'artista terrà fede al principio di rappresentare eventi e fatti sempre nel momento in cui questi raggiungono il culmine.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    A useful reference to Rembrandt's life and works. The book draws to the reader's attention the effect upon the observer of Rembrandt's paintings. Rembrandt's works have a characteristic nature all their own. The book is amply illustrated with plates of many of Rembrandt's paintings. A useful reference to Rembrandt's life and works. The book draws to the reader's attention the effect upon the observer of Rembrandt's paintings. Rembrandt's works have a characteristic nature all their own. The book is amply illustrated with plates of many of Rembrandt's paintings.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nathalia

    The book is ok.Not the best book on Rembrandt.Rembrandt was in a christian sect some think and also a book on Rembrandt should talk more about Calvenism and the freedom it gave artists.The big wonder is how did he paint his work,no one knows,we only know he worked very slow,many months on a painting. Well he is the greatest painter in the history of the world!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Explored it a lot as a kid.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lily

    Loved this book. But I love anything Rembrandt.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Miss

    I wish there'd be more space for his biography. I wish there'd be more space for his biography.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Sort of dry but a very good deal on glossy color prints of this artists work.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dwabash Aziz

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. i think this story full of sadness anf scare material things around those people who exsited in this story also the importance of characterestics.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ali Hasan

    very good

  17. 4 out of 5

    Caro

    The paintings are beautifully reproduced, but the prose is turgid.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mamo

  19. 5 out of 5

    Moézyo Lima

  20. 4 out of 5

    Aleira

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tammie Schmid

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amber Jeon

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kelli Grey

  24. 4 out of 5

    MarEx MarEx

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jade

  26. 5 out of 5

    Suria Sjah

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marika Mary

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nikhil Ovhal

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mandragora

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mmm

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