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Rembrandt's Eyes by Simon Schama
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Aug 03, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: art
Read in April, 2010

During one of my painting classes, I was assigned to do a master copy of one of Rembrandt's many self portraits. He was a 17th century artist who painted more self portraits than any other painter of his time. of course I needed to know as much about the man as well as the artist from whom I was to attempt to copy. I learned a lot about his life as well as the history of his influences and techniques. His life was marred by sorrow, as so many influential figures in history were. It didn't seem to effect his work, if anything, his artistry increased. I strive to learn how this type of mind works. I admired his passion, his drive. He didn't fall prey to the latest fashion, but strove to his own experimentation, unfortunately to his own demise, although to his current fame. He was clearly ahead of his time. I must say I felt the author went way to far off track with lengthy biography's about Rubens as well as any other figure connected and not connected to Rembrandt, so long as they lived within the same century! There were also many lengthy portions in Dutch history. I'm sure many of the details given by the author were well outside the eyes of Rembrandt.
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message 1: by Colleen (new)

Colleen Is Rembrandt a favorite painter? I love to see your reading additions and reviews....

message 2: by Linda (new)

Linda Good review my dear. Feel no longer "daunted" or haunted or flaunted, or any of those.

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