For the occasion of the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt van Rijn’s passing, Taschen published not one, but two magnificent books with the work of this artist. Rembrandt - All drawings and etchings is definitely also an indispensable addition to your art books collections, but we are above all fascinated by the exceptional painting the 17th century Dutchman made.
The book is no less than 744 pages thick and reveals even the smallest details in the 330 paintings that Rembrandt Hamenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669) made during his lifetime. He produced at least as many etchings and more than two thousand drawings, but these are the subject of another - also highly recommended - book. Rembrandt: The Complete Paintings was published this summer as a tribute to the artist who died exactly 350 years ago in Amsterdam.
An indispensible addition to your art books collection
What made his works particularly unique was their complexity and liveliness. As a viewer you have no choice but to be attracted by the contrasts between light and dark and the emotions that the subjects radiate. In this hefty publication, the paintings are discussed by the renowned art historians Volker Manuth, Marieke de Winkel and Rudie van Leeuwen. They explain details - often depicted full-page - that you would never have noticed yourself and introduce you to Rembrandt's work in a completely new way. Thanks to the size of the book, the paintings come into their own and you can still bring the work of this master painter into your home without spending a fortune.
For those who really want to immerse themselves in his unique world: in September there will also be a separate publication by Taschen with all the self-portraits by Rembrandt van Rijn. The book 'Rembrandt - The Complete Paintings' can be ordered online.
Artworks shown (top to bottom):
The Militia Company of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq (“The Night Watch”), 1642, Oil on canvas, Rijksmuseum, on loan from the City of Amsterdam
The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp, 1632, Oil on canvas, Mauritshuis, The Hague/Den Haag/ La Haye
Landscape with a Stone Bridge, c. 1638, Oil on panel, © Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
The Prodigal Son in the Inn (Self-Portrait with Saskia), c. 1635, Oil on canvas, bpk | Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden | Elke Estel | Hans-Peter Klut