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Rembrandt's Eyes by Simon Schama
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Feb 01, 2011

really liked it
Read in March, 2011

As a longtime fan of author/historian/art critic Simon Schama from his History of Britain and Power of Art series respectively, I had no doubt that Schama would score big with Rembrandt's Eyes. The author captures perfectly the "up-and-coming on the economic world stage, hustle-bustle" feel of early seventeenth century Amsterdam and one of its greatest exports: Rembrandt van Rijn.

If you are familiar with Schama's narrative style, you'll know he is nothing at all like the typical stuffy, tweed coat wearing scholar boring the reader to death with mind-numbing regurgitation of facts. He's a wordsmith of the rarest kind; able to recount history in such a way that it's entertaining and informative. Bringing us little tidbits of information - events usually relegated to footnote status by other authors - that allows us to see into the past more thoroughly.

This is not an endeavor to be taken lightly, however. The hardcover version is big, bulky and probably weighs at least 5 lbs. (I meant to weigh the book before I returned it to my local library but never got around to it). Inside, though, Rembrandt's Eyes was a marvel for this artist. Gorgeous color plates of works by Rembrandt and his contemporaries, including Peter Paul Reubens (who gets his own section in the book) printed on smooth, glossy paper. I caught myself on more than one occasion admiring the finished product, as I'm sure many others have before me.
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message 1: by Nightfalltwen (new)

Nightfalltwen This makes me want to re-watch the History of Britain series... just for Simon :D

Tarotemp Someday I want to attend one of his art or history lectures. That would be so awesome. :)

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