Rembrandt: The Painter at Work

Rembrandt: The Painter at Work

by Ernst van de Wetering, Paulien Retèl

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ISBN-13: 9780520258846
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 04/06/2009
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 356
Sales rank: 1,338,372
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 10.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author


Ernst van de Wetering is Professor Emeritus of Art History at the University of Amsterdam. He has published extensively on Rembrandt and historical painting techniques, as well as in the field of theory and ethics of conservation and restoration.

Table of Contents

PrefaceX
AcknowledgementsXIII
IIntroduction: Rembrandt--an Alchemist?2
Workshop Secrets6
The Self-Supporting Studio?8
IIPainting Materials and Working Methods of the Young Rembrandt10
The Support11
The Ground17
The First Sketch, the Monochrome Underpainting and the First Lay-in of Colour23
The 'Working-up'32
IIILost Drawings and the Use of Erasable Drawing Boards and 'Tafeletten'46
Lost Drawing Excrcises48
'Tavolette'53
Drawing Tablets in Seventeenth-Century Prints, a False Lead?58
'Tafeletten' and 'Tablets a Papier'60
Surviving Dutch 'Tafeletten'62
IVThe Creation of the Pictorial Idea74
On the Function of Drawings75
The Painting Contest81
Rembrandt's Studio Scene and its Art-Theoretical Statement87
VThe Canvas Support90
Introduction91
Radiographs as a Means of Studying the Canvas93
Historic Sources on the Nature and Origin of Canvas Used by Painters95
Thread Density96
Problems in Determining the Warp Direction97
Thread Density and Weave Characteristics of Canvases by or Attributed to Rembrandt100
Interpreting Cusping111
Strip Widths and Painting Formats123
Some Remarks on the Grounds of Rembrandt's Canvases129
VIThe Palette; on the Relationship between Style and Painting Technique132
Selective Palettes136
The Development of the Palette as a Tool141
Palettes for the Blue Robe, a White Horse or Human Skin144
Technical Limitations148
Rembrandt's Use of Limited Palettes and the Concept of 'Houding'149
VIIRembrandt's Brushwork and Illusionism; an Art-Theoretical Approach154
The Visible Brushstroke160
Traditional Formulae and Experimental Developments169
Paint Surface and the Evocation of Space179
VIIIRembrandt's Method of Working in the 'Night Watch' and his Late Paintings192
Doerner's 'Glazing Myth'193
The Night Watch195
The Late Rembrandt203
The Local 'Imprimatura'211
Elaborating the Flesh Tints215
IXThe Search for Rembrandt's Binding Medium224
Questioning the Painter's Eye225
Questioning the Scientists' Results229
A New Effort to 'Break the Code'234
Additions to Rembrandt's Paint236
XThe Impact of Time and Rembrandt's Ideas on Colour and Tone244
The Yellowed Varnish and the Different Aging of Paint245
Rembrandt's Intentions with Colour and Tone251
The Aging of Pigments257
The Darkening of Paint and the Etchings as Touchstones262
XIPerspectives on the Quality of Rembrandt's Art264
Rembrandt, the Famous Painter265
Contemporary Praise268
The Craftsman and the Artist272
Epilogue on Quality273
Biographical Data, and Chronological List of Rembrandt's Works Reproduced in this Book283
Notes292
Bibliography312
Glossary321
Index326
Concordance337
Photo Acknowledgements340

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