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Until now he has remained a mystery, leaving only a few sentences, the letters of his bankruptcy, a mistress’ notarized complaint - and the most glorious, compassionate paintings ever to astonish the eye.

The first pure biography of this enigmatic legend, Rembrandt’s Portrait is a fascinating detective story in which, clue by clue, the man himself emerges as never before. ...
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Rembrandt

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Overview

Until now he has remained a mystery, leaving only a few sentences, the letters of his bankruptcy, a mistress’ notarized complaint - and the most glorious, compassionate paintings ever to astonish the eye.

The first pure biography of this enigmatic legend, Rembrandt’s Portrait is a fascinating detective story in which, clue by clue, the man himself emerges as never before. Charles Mee, historian and playwright, renders a finely textured portrait of the artist against a richly described background of seventeenth-century life.

He captures the human Rembrandt, the ordinary man and unexpected genius. We see the youthful, arrogant poseur, son of a small-town miller, seeking a life of art amid the cosmopolitan bustle of Amsterdam in its heyday. We see the outsider struggling to rise without patron or court commissions, failing as an entrepreneur while immortalizing simple people in works of haunting complexity.

We see the inspired moments behind masterworks like TheAnatomy Lesson and Nightwatch and all the conflicting guises of their creator - bohemian and aspiring bourgeois, husband and lover, honored genius, penurious vagabond, and, finally, the essential dichotomy - the egocentric master who, despite his intense self-absorption, captured the diversity of humanity with extraordinary empathy, sensitivity, and grace.

Charles L. Mee, Jr.’s Rembrandt’s Portrait is a major, enduring work.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016014838
  • Publisher: New Word City, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/18/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 304,449
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Charles L. Mee, Jr. is the author of a dozen books of history, on such subjects as the origins of the Cold War, summit diplomacy, and the American Constitutional Convention. He was, for some years, editor-in-chief of Horizon, a magazine of history, literature, and the arts. In recent years, he has written several dozen plays, which have been produced in New York, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Istanbul, and southern India, among other places around the world. His many honors include the award for lifetime achievement in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    What a pleasure it is to discover a talented writer. Charles Mee

    What a pleasure it is to discover a talented writer. Charles Mee's colorful portrait of Rembrandt is itself a work of art. Highly recommended - you don't have to be interested in art or history to love this book.

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