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Rembrandt's Eyes

2 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Simon Schama

The great 17th-century Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn left us so many arresting self-portraits, painted at every stage in his eventful life, that his distinctive face and bearing are a familiar part of the 20th-century cultural landscape, a recognizable … see full wiki

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Author: Simon Schama
Genre: Arts & Photography
Publisher: Knopf
2 reviews about Rembrandt's Eyes
review by . December 14, 2006
One of the pleasures of reading books from your own library is that they are always there for return visits. Reading Hockney's 'Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters' stimulated this reader to probe more deeply into some of the venerated painters. Simon Schama's fine book REMBRANDT'S EYES is like an old friend, an excellent resource book for facts about Netherlands painting, social and political history that so affected the works of the two featured painters Rembrandt …
review by . January 07, 2000
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Rembrandt's Eyes. For me, there are certain books which convey me (as if on a magic carpet) to worlds I could not othgerwise experience. The novels of Tolstoy, Dickens, Balzac, and Joyce, for example. For years, I have wondered about the face in the series of self-portraits painted by Rembrandt. Those eyes, especially the eyes. Many have found fault with this book, questioning its reliability as a biography, as a cultural history, as an analysis of one of the world's …
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