Rembrandt: The Painter at Work

Rembrandt: The Painter at Work



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789053562390
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Publication date: 03/28/2002
Series: Rembrandt Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 366
Product dimensions: 9.50(w) x 10.25(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

I.   Introduction:  Rembrandt - an Alchemist?
Workshop Secrets
The Self-Supporting Studio
II.  Painting Materials and Working Methods of the Young Rembrandt
The Support
The Ground
The First Sketch, the Monochrome Underpainting and the First Lay-in of Colour
The "Working-up"
III.  Lost Drawings and the Use of Erasable Drawing Boards and "Tafeletten"
Lost Drawing Exercises
Drawing Tablets in Seventeenth-Century Prints, a False Lead?
"Tafeletten" and "Tablets a Papier"
Surviving Dutch "Tafeletten"
IV.  The Creation of the Pictorial Idea
On the Function of Drawings
The Painting Contests
Rembrandt's Studio Scene and its Art-Theoretical Statement
V.   The Canvas Support
Radiographs as a Means of Studying the Canvas
Historic Sources on the Nature and Origin of Canvas Used by Painters
Thread Density
Problems Determining the Warp Direction
Thread Density and Weave Characteristics of Canvases by or Attributed to Rembrandt
Interpreting the
Strip Widths and Painting Formats
Some Remarks on the Grounds of Rembrandt's Canvases
VI.  The Palette; on the Relationship between Style and Painting Technique
Selective Palettes
The Development of the Palette as a Tool
Palettes for teh Blue Robe, a White Horse or Human Skin
Technical Limitations
Rembrandt's Use of Limited Palettes and the Concept of "Houding"
VII.  Rembrandt's Brushwork and Illusionism; an Art-Theoretical Approach
The Visible Brushstroke
Traditional Formulae and Experimental Developments
Paint Surface and Evocation of Space
VIII.  Rembrandt's Method of Working in the "Night Watch" and his Late Paintings
Doerner's "Glazing Myth"
The Night Watch
The Late Rembrandt
The Local "Imprimatura"
Elaborating the Flesh Tints
IX.  The Search for Rembrandt's Binding Medium
Questioning the Painter's Eye
Questioning Scientists' Results
A New Effort to "Break the Code"
Additions to Rembrandt's Paint
X.  The Impact of Time and Rembrandt's Ideas on Colour and Tone
The Yellowed Varnish and the Different Aging of Paint
Rembrandt's Intentions with Colour and Tone
The Aging of Pigments
The Darkening of Paint and the Etchings as Touchstones
XI.  Perspectives on the Quality of Rembrandt's Art
Rembrandt, the Famous Painter
Contemporary Praise
The Craftsman and the Artist
Epilogue on Quality
Biographical Data, and Chronological List of Rembrandt's Works Reproduced in this Book
Photo Acknowledgements

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