Already provocative in the seventeenth century, Rembrandt's female nudes continue to elicit strong responses. How did his radical departure from traditional ways of representing the naked female body measure up in the eyes of his contemporaries? The author Eric Jan Sluijter examines the choices that the artist made when faced with pictorial conventions established by renowned forebears, including Rubens and Titian.
Paperback, 448 pages, many black/white and colour illustrations. 24 x 26.5 cm.
Rembrandt and the Female Nude is the first serious and sustained study of a central problem in the artist's engagement with the antique and Renaissance heritage, as well as the theory of art making as imitation. Eric Jan Sluijter's rich contextualization of some of Rembrandt's most idiosyncratic works makes us see how the artist could have arrived at his uncommonly earthy nudes, and why contemporaries would have found them controversial. But all the fine-grained history does not impede the author's recognition of the visual power of these works, and their resistance to definitive historical explanation." Mariët Westermann - Director and Professor Institute of Fine Arts - New York University|"Sluiijter weet als een van de weinige kunsthistorici technische informatie en gegronde bronnen te combineren met vertellingen die de verbeelding stimuleren en je op een nieuwe manier doen kijken. (..) Rembrandt and the Female Nude leest daarom, hoe wetenschappelijk het boek ook is opgezet, als een trein." Wieteke van Zeil, de Volkskrant|"This book brings us face to face with an artist and an art historian, from whom we may, guiltily want more. It seems greedy to ask, but dare we hope Sluijter might next turn his gaze to some of Rembrandt's other history paintings?" Mia M. Mochizuki - The sixteenth century journal|""This is the kind of book every library should own, the kind of book that every scholar enviously wishes s/he could have written." Larry Silver - Seventeenth Century News|"[Rembrandt and the Female Nude] ... opens a whole new field of scholarly discussion, it augments our knowledge of the theme and it offers genuinely new insights in what was important for Rembrandt as an artist. One cannot ask for much more in a book." Xander van Eck - The Burlington Magazine
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