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216 × 138 mm
216 pages
59 illustrations, 50 in colour
24 Nov 2017
Renaissance Lives

Rembrandt’s Holland Larry Silver

Rembrandt van Rijn and the Netherlands grew up together. The artist, born in Leiden in 1606, lived during the tumultuous period of the Dutch Revolt and the establishment of the independent Dutch Republic. He moved to Amsterdam, a cosmopolitan centre of world trade, and became the city’s most fashionable portraitist. His attempts to establish himself with the powerful court at The Hague failed, however, and the final decade of his life was marked by financial hardship and personal tragedy.

Rembrandt’s Holland considers anew the life and work of this celebrated painter as it charts his career alongside the visual culture of urban Amsterdam and the new Dutch Republic. It brings to light his problematic relationship with the ruling court at The Hague and re-examines how his art developed, from large-scale, detailed religious imagery to more personal drawings and etchings, moving self-portraits and heartfelt close-ups of saintly figures.

Featuring up-to-date scholarship and in-depth analysis of Rembrandt’s major works, as well as numerous beautiful images, Rembrandt’s Holland is essential reading for art students and those who enjoy the work of the Dutch Masters.

‘A savvy, succinct overview. Silver relates larger issues in politics and religion to specific works by Rembrandt. He is not afraid to go out on a limb, making his text all the more interesting. His sensitive descriptions of art works add depth to his account.’ – Gary Schwartz, art historian

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Larry Silver is the Farquhar Professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania and a specialist in Dutch and Flemish paintings. He is the author or co-author of numerous books, including Rubens, Velázquez, and the King of Spain (2014) and Rembrandt’s Faith (2009).