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Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus

Lloyd DeWitt Blaise Ducos Franziska Gottwald George Keyes



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Yale University Press
18 July 2011
An intriguing new look at the historical significance of Rembrandt's representations of Christ With the creation of the dramatic Supper at Emmaus (Louvre) and a series of intimate oil sketches of Christ on oak panels, Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) overturned the entire history of Christian art. Traditionally, when depicting Christ, artists had relied on rigidly copied prototypes and icons. Among Rembrandt's innovations was his use of a Jewish model to portray a Christ imbued with empathy, gentleness, grace, and faithfulness to nature.

Lavishly illustrated, this captivating and important book presents the seven known panels, along with more than 60 paintings, drawings, and prints by Rembrandt and his pupils. Essays by expert contributors offer insights into the production of the panels and their relationship to other works in Rembrandt's oeuvre; how he changed the meaning and status of the canonical image of Christ in northern European art; and much more. Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus is a marvelously intriguing study of how one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age revolutionized an aspect of art history dating to antiquity.
Contributions by:   Blaise Ducos, Franziska Gottwald, George Keyes, Shelley Perlove
Edited by:   Lloyd DeWitt
Imprint:   Yale University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 32mm,  Width: 27mm,  Spine: 3mm
Weight:   2.070kg
ISBN:   9780300169577
ISBN 10:   0300169574
Series:   Philadelphia Museum Of Art (Yale)
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   18 July 2011
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Lloyd DeWitt is Associate Curator in the Department of European Painting before 1900 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Blaise Ducos is Curator in the Departement des Peintures at the Musee du Louvre, Paris. Franziska Gottwald is a postdoctoral fellow at Queens University, Kingston, Ontario. George S. Keyes is Curator Emeritus of European Paintings at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Shelley Perlove is Professor of Art History at the University of Michigan, Dearborn. Larry Silver is Professor of Northern Renaissance Art at the University of Pennsylvania. Seymour Slive, a preeminant scholar of Dutch art and author of numerous books on the subject, was formerly Director of the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University. Ken Sutherland is Conservation Scientist and Mark Tucker is Vice Chairman of Conservation, both at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Reviews for Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus

The show skirts the thornier issue of Rembrandt's relationship to Jews in general. On that subject the catalog has more to offer. -The New York Times * The New York Times * Scholarly and captivating catalog. -The Big Think Reviews * The Big Think Reviews * [A]n engaging scholarly text . . . From this study, Rembrandt emerges as an ever more expert storyteller and examiner of humanity. -A Golahny, Choice -- A Golahny * Choice *

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