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This Rembrandt book unveils the secrets of Rembrandt etchings.
Discover the beauty of Rembrandt's prints
In his day, Rembrandt was better known as an etcher than as a painter. Looking at Rembrandt's prints requires a little time and patience from the viewer, but the rewards are enormous. Rembrandt moved expertly between genres, demonstrating his ingenuity, insight into human emotion and mastery of the etching medium in every image. The compositions are beautifully balanced despite a wealth of narrative detail. Every line has a purpose - nothing is accidental or left to chance.
Rembrandt Etchings is an accessible book that will guide you on your visual journey of discovery, and allow you to see why Rembrandt was the greatest of all 17th-century printmakers. You will learn a great deal about the technical aspect of printmaking, Rembrandt's choice of papers, his expertise in marketing his etchings, and prints are discussed per genre. The book contains 32 high-quality illustrations.
Written by the Dutch art historian Michiel Kersten, an expert in the field of Dutch 17th-century art.
PRINTMAKING AS A MARKETING TOOL 1
AMSTERDAM, A CENTRE OF THE BOOK AND PRINT
EXPERIMENTS IN BLACK AND WHITE 7
GRAPHIC ARTS: ENGRAVING AND ETCHING 8
STATES: STAGES OF THE ARTISTIC PROCESS 13
ANOTHER GRAPHIC TECHNIQUE: DRYPOINT
THE PAINTER-ENGRAVER 19
PRINTMAKING AND COLLECTION AS A SOURCE OF
INFORMATION AND INSPIRATION
ARTISTIC RIVALRY: REMBRANDT AND DÜRER 23
REMBRANDT’S MOST FAMOUS ETCHING 27
LOOKING AT PRINTS TAKES TIME 30
PAINTING IN BLACK AND WHITE 33
FAMOUS PREDECESSORS AS SOURCES OF
PORTRAYING EMOTION. SELF-PORTRAITS AND
TRACES OF DAILY LIFE 45
FAMILY LIFE AND THE THEORY OF ART 48
THE NETHERLANDS OF THE SEVENTEENTH
REALITY RENDERED? 54
LANDSCAPES I: STROLLS AROUND AMSTERDAM 58
LANDSCAPES II: FANTASY AND REALITY 61
PORTRAITS OF FRIENDS 64
PORTRAITS OF THE ELITE: JAN SIX 67
SELF-PORTRAITS: REMBRANDT & RAPHAEL 70
LOOKING BACK 73
Rembrandt - A brief Biography 75
Further Reading and Links 77
About the Author 79
Michiel Kersten has worked for various museums in The Netherlands including the Print Room of the University of Leiden, Teylers Museum in Haarlem, Het Prinsenhof in Delft, the Frans Hals Museum and the Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam. He specialises in the art of the Golden Age, particularly seventeenth century prints and drawings.
Michiel Kersten has organised several exhibitions and contributed to a number of exhibition catalogues. Rembrandt’s etchings have always been a favourite topic, and he is particularly fascinated by the wealth of narrative content.
With the realisation of the current publication, a long-cherished dream has come true - describing in plain language the greatness of Rembrandt’s art, staying clear of art historical jargon.
The book contains unpretentious, accessible texts for the general public with a strong focus on looking. No previous knowledge of art history is required.
"Brilliant piece of writing!"
"If you like Rembrandt’s etchings and wish to know more about them, you should definitely read this book!"
"I live far away from art galleries but I can still enjoy the work of a genius, thanks to wonderful books like this one."
"What a wonderful story teller this author is!"