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Susan I love novels based on the "real story" behind famous paintings. This one, based on Rembrandt's painting of a dissection is particularly good. Do you have any favorite book based on a painting?


message 2: by Anna-Maija (last edited Apr 30, 2014 02:46PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Anna-Maija Tähkävuori Rakastan maalauksia, koska niissä on taiteilijan näkemyksellinen kosketus. Kirjailijat varsinkin eläytyvät - saavat upean lähtökohdan aiheilleen ja juonen kulkuihin. Jopa kehittelevät renessanssista postmodernismia uutta generettä kuten László Krasznahorkain äskettäin ilmestyneessä minimaalistissa tulkinnassa Palma Veccion: Lasku. Menin siitä aika mykäksi.


Gordon Paisley I struggled to get into this one. It was clear that the book was a labor of love from someone who admires Rembrandt and his painting. Rembrandt is my favorite artist, but this story felt so forced--especially where he talks about the artist as God--being able to re-define reality and make things the way he thinks they should be--it was clear that is what the author was trying to convey for herself and it just didn't resonate with me.


Anna-Maija Tähkävuori Kiitos Gordon, koin juuri samoin. Koska olen kirjoittanut paljon juttuja flaamilaisesta taiteesta sekä Amsterdamin taidemuseoista, kirja tuntui harmillisen hutaistulta, paikoin jopa naivilta fantasialta. Myös monet asiavirheet tuntuivat häiritseviltä. Ehkä kirja on kirjoitettu niille, jotka eivät ennestään tienneet Rembrandtista.


Betty Gordon wrote: "I struggled to get into this one. It was clear that the book was a labor of love from someone who admires Rembrandt and his painting. Rembrandt is my favorite artist, but this story felt so force..."

I totally agree with this assessment, Gordon. I had a very difficult time even finishing this book and skipped through a lot of it from total boredom.


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