A Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings IV: Self-Portraits

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Ernst van de Wetering
Springer Science & Business Media, Oct 18, 2005 - Art - 690 pages
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Volume IV of A Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings deals uniquely with the self-portraits of Rembrandt. In a clearly written explanatory style the head of the Rembrandt Research Project and Editor of this Volume, Ernst van de Wetering, discusses the full body of work of paintings and etchings portraying Rembrandt. He sets the different parameters for accepting or rejecting a Rembrandt self-portrait as such, whilst also discussing the exact working environment of Rembrandt and his apprentices. This workshop setting created a surroundings where apprentices could be involved in working on Rembrandt paintings making it more difficult to determine the hand of the master. Van de Wetering, who is one of the Rembrandt experts of our day and age, goes down to great detail to explain how the different self-portraits are made and what techniques Rembrandt uses, also giving an overview of which paintings are to be attributed to the Dutch Master and which not.

In the additional catalogue the self-portraits are examined in detail. In clear and accessible explanatory text the different paintings are discussed, larded with immaculate images of each painting. Details are shown where possible, as well as the results of modern day technical imaging like X-radiography.

This work of art history and art research should be part of every serious art historical institute, university or museum. Nowhere in the art history have all Rembrandt’s self portraits been discussed in such detailed and comparative manner by an authority such as Ernst van de Wetering. This is a standard work for decades to come.

 

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Contents

Essays
2
Chapter I By his own hand The valuation of autograph paintings in the 17th century
3
Chapter II Rembrandts clothes Dress and meaning in his selfportraits
45
Contents of Chapter III
88
problems of authenticity and function
89
Chapter IV Grounds in Rembrandts workshop and in paintings by his contemporaries
318
Biographical information 16431669
335
Catalogue
350
IV 17 Selfportrait
486
IV 18 Selfportrait
498
IV 19 Selfportrait at the easel
508
IV 20 Selfportrait
517
IV 21 Selfportrait
526
IV 22 Selfportrait
534
IV 23 Selfportrait
538
IV 24 Selfportrait as St Paul
541

IV 1 Selfportrait in a flat cap
353
IV 2 Selfportrait
361
IV 3 Selfportrait
371
IV 4 Selfportrait
378
IV 5 Selfportrait
385
IV 6 Selfportrait
394
IV 7 Rembrandt leaning on a windowsill
402
IV 8 Large selfportrait
410
IV 9 Selfportrait
418
IV 10 Selfportrait with sketchbook
429
IV 11 Selfportrait
440
IV 12 Selfportrait
447
IV 13 Small selfportrait
454
IV 14 Selfportrait
460
IV 15 Selfportrait
469
IV 16 Unfinished Selfportrait
476
IV 25 Selfportrait as Zeuxis laughing
551
IV 26 Selfportrait
562
IV 27 Selfportrait
570
IV 28 Selfportrait
578
IV 29 Selfportrait
588
Corrigenda et Addenda
594
Contents of Corrigenda et Addenda
595
Corrigenda et Addenda
597
CORRIGENDA ET ADDENDA TO VOLUMES I III PAINTINGS OTHER THAN SELFPORTRAITS
627
Tables and Indexes
647
Table of dendrochronological data
648
Tables of grounds in Rembrandts workshop and in paintings by his contemporaries
660
Index of paintings catalogued in volume IV
678
Indexes of comparative material and literary sources
681
Concordance
687
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