Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (Great Masters)

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (Great Masters)

Émile Michel, Vladimir Loewinson-Lessing, Irena Linnik, Youri Kouznetsov, Xenia Egorova

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 2:00099895

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Great Masters: a series of biographies of legendary artists featuring their best work

A painting by Rembrandt is a living entity that exists according to its own laws, which reflects the multiplicity of the thoughts and emotions in the painter's mind. Men and their mental condition: that is the fundamental issue the artist tries to solve throughout his life. Tormented by family problems, he took shelter in painting, which became even better as things got worse, as if depicted by a visionary. Hiding his anxiety in the optimism of his themes and in the strength of dark colors, he was ultimately victorious.

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typical of the first half of the 1630s and which all refer to mythology: examples include Bellona in the Following page: Saskia in Arcadian Costume, Flora, 1634. National Gallery, London. Below: Saskia in Arcadian Costume, detail. 52 Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (1633), Sophonisba Receiving the Poisoned Cup in the Prado Museum in Madrid and Minerva in the Julius Weitzner collection in London (1635). 53 7 THE RISEN CHRIST SHOWING HIS WOUNDS TO THE APOSTLE THOMAS Oil on oak, 50 x 51

work not only a fundamentally human truth, but also a sublime and penetrating quality. Studies from nature preceded the creation of the Hermitage painting. It is not impossible that it was Hendrickj Stoffels who modelled for this work, even before she became his companion. Three drawings are definitely linked to the Hermitage painting. The first, a rough draught for the painting, shows the Holy Family asleep; dated Pages 90, 92 and 93: The Holy Family with Angels, detail. The Holy Family with

in oil or etched. Certain of the artist’s models have been identified, Pages 110 and 111: Portrait of an Old Jew, detail. Portrait of an Old Jew, detail. Below: Portrait of an Old Jew. Face, X-ray plate. Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg. such as the doctor Ephraim, Bonus and the writer Samuel Manasseh ben Israel whose works Rembrandt illustrated. However, we do not know the identity of the elderly man dressed in an oriental robe and wearing a large black beret, who modelled for the Hermitage

an Old Woman, which has the same dimensions as that of Adriaen van Rijn (cf. No. 22), came, like the latter, from the Count of Bruhl’s collection in Dresden, where they were probably hung symmetrically following the fashion of the 18th century. The hypothesis that these two paintings formed a pair was put forward in certain of the old Hermitage catalogues, though the authors of the second half of the last century were wary of such an opinion. In spite of some hesitations, as well as the

he adhered to this throughout his life. It composition. The painterly devices he uses are was at this same period that the young painter diverse and his brushstrokes, sometimes discreet, began to make prints and produced a series of sometimes more noticeable, translate the expres- striking little portraits of himself. These faces, siveness of the model, by revealing his feelings as sometimes grimacing sometimes wearing a sardonic well as his features and social standing. Rembrandt’s or

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