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The Drawings of Rembrandt

Seymour Silve


The definitive overview of Rembrandt's drawings by an eminent scholar of Dutch art

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This sweeping overview of Rembrandt’s extraordinary achievement as a draughtsman fills a gap in the otherwise enormous literature on the artist. Beautifully illustrated, mostly in colour, the more than 150 drawings – culled from a corpus of some 800 – are discussed in detail. The drawings span Rembrandt’s entire productive life as an artist, from early self-portraits in the 1620s to late drawings from the 1660s of the victim of an execution, a state coach, and historical and mythological images. The scope of the book allows readers to delve into the very broad range of Rembrandt’s oeuvre of drawings.


'Excellent … fills a real gap in the literature'
Sunday Times

'An eloquent introduction to Rembrandt's genius as a draughtsman … here is virtuosity and humanity together, on every page'
Financial Times

'Slive's commentary is subtle, erudite and sympathetic'
Sunday Telegraph

'A very readable account by a distinguished scholar'
The Art Newspaper

'Beautiful … the definitive study'
The Wall Street Journal

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 25.0 x 20.3 cm

Extent: 264 pp

Publication date: 19 September 2019

ISBN: 9780500295359

About the Author

Seymour Slive served as director of the Harvard Art Museums from 1975 to 1991. He was an eminent scholar of Dutch art and more specifically of Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Jacob van Ruisdael.