Rembrandt's Self-Portraits

Rembrandt's Self-Portraits : A Study in Seventeenth-Century Identity

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H. Perry Chapman has produced the first comprehensive treatment of the entire body of Rembrandt's self-portraits in their cultural and historical setting and in the context of the artist's life. Prevailing scholarship has tried to discredit the idea that the self-portraits stemmed from any particular inner need, but Chapman counters by presenting fascinating evidence that they represent a conscious and progressive quest for individual identity in a truly modern sense. "H. Perry Chapman, in my view, gives us the Rembrandt we need in the 1990s. . . . [Her] sensitivity to questions of style and expression, combined with original research, leads to a conclusion . . . that `Rembrandt's lifelong preoccupation with self-portraiture can be seen as a necessary process of identity formation or self-definition'--in short, autobiography."--Walter Liedtke, The Journal of Art "Chapman is a graceful writer. Her arguments are balanced, well documented, and vigorously pursued. . . . The publication of this book is cause for gratitude and joy."--Thomas D'Evelyn, Christian Science Monitor
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  • Paperback | 361 pages
  • 177.8 x 260.35 x 25.4mm | 839.15g
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 180 illus.
  • 0691002967
  • 9780691002965

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"Chapman established a coherence in Rembrandt's self-portraiture by scrupulous attention to detail, fine command of visual and documentary material and careful argument. Her text contains many rewards for the attentive reader."--Apollo "One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 1991"
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