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Rembrandt, the Late Works [Book Review]

Lang, Karen (2015) Rembrandt, the Late Works [Book Review]. Oxford Art Journal, 38 (3). pp. 427-431. ISSN 0142-6540.

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Art history situates the artwork within categories of time, place, and style. In special cases, works of art exceed these categories. The masterpiece is the work which surpasses categorisation. The work of art of universal significance is another. Rembrandt has been positioned and repositioned in the history of art. Today, Rembrandt resides in the firmament alongside those other (mostly Renaissance, mostly male) artists we know by their first names. The Rembrandt Research Project has ended its long, rather contentious labour of authenticating the paintings and Ernst van de Wetering's monumental survey, Rembrandt's Paintings Revisited (Springer, Dordrecht, 2014), has presented substantial reattributions and perhaps more importantly for art history, it has helped to shift the focus from connoisseurship to ‘processes’ of artistic creation, the evidence of contemporary texts and the analysis of painting technique.1 The exhibition in 2014 of Rembrandt's late works organised by the National Gallery, London, and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, of approximately ninety paintings, prints, and drawings from the early 1650s to the artist's death in 1669 (more were included in the second venue in Amsterdam), and the publication in the same year of Richard Verdi's monograph, Rembrandt's Themes: Life into Art, present an artist of the first rank. They focus on the artist's themes, including elemental themes of life and death, to argue for the universal significance of Rembrandt's art.

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Alternate Title:Modernism and Rembrandt
Additional Information:© 2015 Oxford University Press. Book review of: Jonathan Bikker and others, Rembrandt, the Late Works (London and Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: New Haven and London: National Gallery, 2014), 253 colour and 10 b&w illns, 304pp., ISBN 978-1-85709-557-9, hardcover.
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Official Citation:Karen Lang Modernism and Rembrandt Oxford Art J (2015) 38 (3): 427-433 first published online October 20, 2015 doi:10.1093/oxartj/kcv016
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:25 Jan 2016 17:12
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