Rembrandt's Self-Portraits : A Study in Seventeenth-Century Identity
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
- Hardback | 361 pages
- 190.5 x 273.05 x 31.75mm | 1,088.62g
- 01 Feb 1990
- Princeton University Press
- New Jersey, United States
"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"