Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference

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"Rembrandt was the most famous painter of the Dutch Golden Age, and the opportunity to work in his studio attracted young artists for nearly four decades, until the artist's death in 1669. This catalogue explores the workings of Rembrandt's studio in the form of drawings made by the master himself and fifteen of his pupils. Rembrandt and his students would often depict the same subject matter as an exercise and make drawings of the same nude models. In his later years, Rembrandt also made sketching trips outside Amsterdam to create his innovative ...

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Overview

"Rembrandt was the most famous painter of the Dutch Golden Age, and the opportunity to work in his studio attracted young artists for nearly four decades, until the artist's death in 1669. This catalogue explores the workings of Rembrandt's studio in the form of drawings made by the master himself and fifteen of his pupils. Rembrandt and his students would often depict the same subject matter as an exercise and make drawings of the same nude models. In his later years, Rembrandt also made sketching trips outside Amsterdam to create his innovative landscapes of the Dutch countryside. His students followed this example, sometimes depicting the same sites." "Organized chronologically, Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference is a groundbreaking study that presents more than forty works by Rembrandt and related works by his pupils. It explores the scholarship of recent decades that has brought new and more systematic criteria to bear on determining the authenticity of Rembrandt drawings, and defines the styles of his pupils and followers with ever-greater precision. In so doing, this volume demystifies the sometimes-baffling exercise known as connoisseurship and seeks to re-enact the daily practices that Rembrandt used to teach his students and bring them to artistic maturity." This is an essential book for anyone interested in the Dutch Golden Age or the lives and careers of Rembrandt and the artists in his immediate circle. A major exhibition of these drawings will be on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum from December 8, 2009, to February 28, 2010.

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Editorial Reviews

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These two books make an excellent pendant pair. Slive (emeritus professor, Harvard; author of catalogues raisonnés on Frans Hals and Jacob van Ruisdael) presents over 150 drawings accepted by experts as authentic while Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils represents 30 years of Getty-sponsored scholarship on the 40-year life of Rembrandt's studio. Signed catalog entries are authored by several Rembrandt scholars. Both lavishly illustrated books introduce the reader to Rembrandt's life and artistic style and to the studio/apprentice system of training artists in his day. Rembrandt's students began by copying as closely as possible the master's work for practice in improving their own abilities. Later, when their skills warranted, apprentices also copied the master's work to sell, not as forgeries but as lower-priced copies. This resulted in the survival of almost identical works from Rembrandt's and his students' hands. Just as Rembrandt stored his own collection, Rembrandt Drawings is thematically arranged by subject including women, women and children, religious subjects, buildings, and more. Slive describes each theme and how the drawings within each theme relate to one another, Rembrandt's style, and contemporary events. Drawings by Rembrandt juxtaposes two or more Rembrandt drawings with those of his pupils and discusses the historical and stylistic evidence used by historians to identify correctly the artist. Both books include time lines, indexes, bibliographies, and locations of works in museums. VERDICT Written in a relaxed, easy-to-read style, both books will prove useful to studio artists, art history students, and more-than-interested general readers.—Nancy J.Mactague, Aurora Univ., IL
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 “Hands down one of the sexiest museum publications in recent memory.”—KCRW’s Art Talk

 “The challenging task of separating the master’s work from pupils is handled with diligence, good judgment, and a freshness of approach.”—Historians of Netherlandish Art

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892369799
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/11/2010
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Holm Bevers is curator of Netherlandish drawings at the Berlin Kupferstichkabinett. Lee Hendrix is senior curator in the Department of Drawings at the J. Paul Getty Museum. William W. Robinson is the Maida and George Abrams Curator of Drawings at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University. Peter Schatborn is Head Emeritus of the Rijksprentenkabinet at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

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