Ernst van de Wetering has worked with scientist and restorers at the Dutch Central Laboratory for Art and Science.He has been deeply involved in the investigation of paintings by rembrandt and the painters around him in the context of the famous Rembrandt Research Project. This book demonstrates profound empathy with the artistic endeavors of a great artist. It provides an exemplary frame for an approach to the study of any painter, as well as being an eye-opener for contemporary painters with an interest in the technical traditions of their art. I also gives students of art history or conservation access both to historical studio practice in general and to the interrelationships between craft and creativity.
paperback, 340 pages, many colour reproductions. 24 x 26.5 cm. Revised edition 2009.
'The book is - if one may be allowed to say such a thing about a serious scholarly work - a gripping good-read.' Christopher White - The Burlington Magazine 'This is a very rich book, a deeply felt analysis of an artist whom the author knows better than almost any other living scholar.' Christopher Brown - Times Literary Supplement 'Who would not have wanted to look over Rembrandt's shoulder while he painted? Among the countless books on Rembrandt, that by Ernst van de Wetering comes closest to conveying something of this experience because the author combines the qualifications of a trained connoisseur and of a practising painter.' Ernst Gombrich
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