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Rembrandt A Collection Of Fifteen Pictures and a Portrait of the Painter with Introduction and Interpretation   By: (1863-1924)

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[Illustration: REMBRANDT VAN RYN (BY HIMSELF) National Gallery, London ]

Masterpieces of Art

REMBRANDT

A COLLECTION OF FIFTEEN PICTURES

AND A PORTRAIT OF THE PAINTER

WITH INTRODUCTION AND

INTERPRETATION

BY

ESTELLE M. HURLL

BOSTON AND NEW YORK

HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY

The Riverside Press Cambridge

1899

COPYRIGHT, 1899, BY HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN & CO.

PREFACE

The choice of pictures for this collection has been made with the object of familiarizing the student with works fairly representative of Rembrandt's art in portraiture and Biblical illustration, landscape and genre study, in painting and etching. Admirers of the Dutch master may miss some well known pictures. For obvious reasons the Lecture in Anatomy is deemed unsuitable for this place, and the Hundred Guilder Print contains too many figures to be reproduced here clearly. The Syndics of the Cloth Guild and the print of Christ Preaching will compensate for these omissions, and show Rembrandt at his best, both with brush and burin.

There are perhaps no paintings in the world more difficult to reproduce satisfactorily in black and white than those of Rembrandt. His marvelous effects of chiaroscuro leave in darkness portions of the composition, which appear in the photograph as unintelligible blurs. With these difficulties to meet, great pains have been taken to select for the reproductions of this book the best photographs made direct from the original paintings. A comparative study of the available material has resulted in making use of an almost equal number from Messrs. Hanfstaengl & Co. and Messrs. Braun & Cie.

In reproducing the etchings the publishers have been most fortunate in being able to use for the purpose original prints in the Harvey D. Parker Collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

ESTELLE M. HURLL.

NEW BEDFORD, MASS.

November, 1899.

CONTENTS AND LIST OF PICTURES

PORTRAIT OF REMBRANDT. PAINTED BY HIMSELF. Frontispiece.

FROM PHOTOGRAPH BY MAISON AD. BRAUN & CIE.

INTRODUCTION

I. ON REMBRANDT'S CHARACTER AS AN ARTIST

II. ON BOOKS OF REFERENCE

III. HISTORICAL DIRECTORY OF THE PICTURES OF THIS COLLECTION

IV. OUTLINE TABLE OF THE PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN REMBRANDT'S LIFE

V. SOME OF REMBRANDT'S FAMOUS CONTEMPORARIES IN HOLLAND

VI. FOREIGN CONTEMPORARY PAINTERS

I. JACOB WRESTLING WITH THE ANGEL

PICTURE FROM PHOTOGRAPH BY FRANZ HANFSTAENGL

II. ISRAEL BLESSING THE SONS OF JOSEPH

PICTURE FROM PHOTOGRAPH BY FRANZ HANFSTAENGL

III. THE ANGEL RAPHAEL LEAVING THE FAMILY OF TOBIT

PICTURE FROM PHOTOGRAPH BY MAISON AD. BRAUN & CIE

IV. THE RAT KILLER

PICTURE FROM ORIGINAL ETCHING IN THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON

V. THE PHILOSOPHER IN MEDITATION

PICTURE FROM PHOTOGRAPH BY MAISON AD. BRAUN & CIE

VI. THE GOOD SAMARITAN

PICTURE FROM ORIGINAL ETCHING IN THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON

VII. THE PRESENTATION IN THE TEMPLE

PICTURE FROM PHOTOGRAPH BY FRANZ HANFSTAENGL

VIII. CHRIST PREACHING

PICTURE FROM ORIGINAL ETCHING IN THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON

IX. CHRIST AT EMMAUS

PICTURE FROM PHOTOGRAPH BY MAISON AD. BRAUN & CIE

X. PORTRAIT OF SASKIA

PICTURE FROM PHOTOGRAPH BY FRANZ HANFSTAENGL

XI. THE SORTIE OF THE CIVIC GUARD

PICTURE FROM PHOTOGRAPH BY MAISON AD. BRAUN & CIE

XII. PORTRAIT OF JAN SIX

PICTURE FROM ORIGINAL ETCHING IN THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON

XIII. PORTRAIT OF AN OLD WOMAN

PICTURE FROM PHOTOGRAPH BY MAISON AD. BRAUN & CIE

XIV. THE SYNDICS OF THE CLOTH GUILD

PICTURE FROM PHOTOGRAPH BY FRANZ HANFSTAENGL

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