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Rembrandt: A Life
     

Rembrandt: A Life

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by Charles L. Mee Jr.
 
Until now he has remained a mystery, leaving only a few sentences, the letters of his bankruptcy, a mistress's notarized complaint - and the most glorious, compassionate paintings ever to astonish the eye.

The first pure biography of this enigmatic legend is a fascinating detective story in which, clue by clue, the man himself emerges. Charles Mee, historian

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

The first pure biography of this enigmatic legend is a fascinating detective story in which, clue by clue, the man himself emerges. 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. 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 The Anatomy 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.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016014838
Publisher:
New Word City, Inc.
Publication date:
10/24/2016
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
33,348
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 the 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. Among his many honors, he has received the award for lifetime achievement in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Rembrandt: A Life 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 13 days ago
If you are interested in Europe during Rembrandt's life this book is for you. If you are looking for a book on Rembrandt skip this unless you want page after page of his possessions. 2 stars is generous.
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