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Britain's Discovery of the Master

By (author) Patrick Elliott
By (author) Christian Tico Seifert
By (author) Peter Black
By (author) Stephanie S. Dickey
By (author) Donato Esposito
By (author) M. J. Ripps
By (author) Jonathan Yarker


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  • The first time that a book has been published on this topic
  • Featuring essays from leading international scholars in the field
  • Including over 125 full-colour images of work by Rembrandt and artists he inspired
  • Published to accompany an exhibition of the same name at the National Galleries of Scotland from 7 July to 14 October 2018
Full Description
This is the exceptionally rich story of Rembrandt's fame and influence in Britain. No other nation has witnessed such a passionate - and sometimes eccentric - enthusiasm for Rembrandt's works. His imagery has become ubiquitous, making him one of the most recognised artists in history. In this book, some of the world's leading experts reveal how the taste for Rembrandt's paintings, drawings and prints evolved, growing into a mania that gripped collectors and art lovers across the country. This reached a fever pitch in the late 1700s, before the dawn of a new century ushered in a re-evaluation of Rembrandt's reputation and opportunities for the wider public to see his masterpieces for themselves. The story of Rembrandt's profound and inspirational impact on the British imagination is illustrated by over 130 sumptuous works by the master himself, as well as by some of Britain's best-loved artists, including William Hogarth, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Eduardo Paolozzi and John Bellany. Foreword; Introduction; 1 Rembrandt's Fame in Britain, 1630 1900: An Overview- Christian Tico Seifert; 2 Rembrandt and Britain: The Modern Era - Patrick Elliott; 3 'The Finest Possible State': Cataloguing and Collecting Rembrandt's Prints, c.1700 1840 - Stephanie S. Dickey; 4 From Studio to Academy: Copying Rembrandt in Eighteenth-century Britain - Jonathan Yarker; 5 Regarding Rembrandt: Reynolds and Rembrandt - Donato Esposito; 6 Rembrandt: Paragon of the Etching Revival - Peter Black; 7 Rembrandt and Britain: A 'Picture Flight' in Three Stages, 1850 1930 - M.J. Ripps; Catalogue; Bibliography.
About the Author
Christian Tico Seifert is Senior Curator of Northern European Art at the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh. He has curated a number of exhibitions and contributed to publications including Adam Elsheimer: 1578-1610 (2006), Durer's Fame (2011), Masterpieces from Mount Stuart: The Bute Collection (2012) and Rubens & Company: Flemish Drawings from the Scottish National Gallery (2016).
National Galleries of Scotland
20th Jun 2018
Paperback / softback
280 mm x 240 mm
176 Pages
130 color, b&w
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