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Rembrandt's Universe

His Art, His Life, His World

Gary Schwartz


‘A winning account of the career of the great painter’ Sunday Times


Celebrated in his own time as well as the present, Rembrandt’s works have remarkable staying power. His output was prodigious, totalling around 600 paintings, 300 etchings and 2,000 drawings, ranging from commissioned portraits to landscapes to religious allegories.

In spite of his longstanding popularity, authoritative accounts of Rembrandt’s life and work have been difficult to compile, and there has long been debate over the precise number of works that can be absolutely attributed to the great master. Distilling centuries of debate into a single volume, Gary Schwartz provides a completely accessible overview of the controversies and mysteries surrounding Rembrandt and his masterpieces. In addition, Schwartz addresses the more particular aspects of Rembrandt scholarship: the painter’s personal relationships; his finances; his artistic influences; his choice of subject matter; his techniques.

With more full-colour reproductions of Rembrandt’s work than any other collection, Rembrandt’s Universe is a definitive text – on Rembrandt, and on art. Eminently readable and packed with information about the painter and interpretations of his work including a pleasing treatment of scholarship to date.

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'The generous top-quality reproductions - bigger, better and more Rembrandt paintings and drawings than in any other collection - make this a must-have'
Financial Times

'A shrewd analysis'

'This gorgeous volume discusses more of Rembrandt’s pictures than any other, employing the most up-to-date research'
The World of Interiors

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Edition Type: Reduced Format edition

Size: 30.6 x 23.0 cm

Extent: 384 pp

Illustrations: 650

Publication date: 6 October 2014

ISBN: 9780500093863

About the Author

Gary Schwartz is an American art historian who resides in the Netherlands. He is one of today’s best-known writers on Dutch art and is an authority on the art of Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age.

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