Friday, February 4, 2011
!00 artists that a painter should know, subchapter 8
17) self portrait Rembrandt 1606-1669
Rembrandt was an astounding painter. I could have chosen a lot of different paintings for this post but I tried to get a few that were typical and I also felt I ought to include the famed
Nightwatch.He had a grand house on the canal in Amsterdam, the enormous mortgage on which was a crushing burden to him. Her made and squandered fortunes on antiques and relics. He Had many important students and was a great influence Dutch painting.
18) The Nightwatch 11 by 14 feet. The painting was called the Nightwatch not because that was what Rembrandt named it, but because it's varnish was so aged and discolored that it was thought to be a night scene. It was cleaned in modern times and no longer looks so murky. In 1975 the painting was attacked by an unemployed school teacher ,who used a knife to slash the picture. It was restored and the teacher committed suicide. Bye-bye.
19) Girl at a window A tender and radiant portrait. Rembrandt could show the range of emotion and handled religious themes, charming genre pictures and earthy and ribald subjects equally well, sometimes in the same picture.
20) Descent from the cross. Titian was a great influence on Rembrandt, there are threads of influence running through all the great painters from on generation to the next. I have a big book with perhaps six hundred Rembrandt paintings in it. About half of them are no longer thought to be by Rembrandt though. It is hard to know, he painted in a number of different styles. He had students who imitated him and their work has often been supposed to be his. There will probably never be an absolute agreement on the actual authorship of some of his paintings.
I went many times to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and one of my favorite paintings there was, The storm on the sea of Galilee. In 1990 thieves disguised as police officers stole this and a number of other extremely important paintings, including a Vermeer. This, the biggest art heist in American history has never been solved.
images from artrenewal.org