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Rembrandt's Amsterdam is an enlightening journey that takes readers deep into the heart of 17th-century Amsterdam, shedding light on the life and times of one of history's greatest artists. Frits Lugt's meticulous research and astute analysis combine to create a captivating narrative that unveils the intertwined relationship between Rembrandt van Rijn and the captivating Dutch capital.

Lugt's writing style is engaging, allowing readers to immerse themselves in the bustling streets, atmospheric canals, and the vibrant cultural scene of Amsterdam. The book is divided into concise chapters, each focusing on a different aspect of Rembrandt's life: his artistic development, his network of patrons and fellow artists, and the cultural and social backdrop against which he thrived. This structure provides a cohesive and well-rounded understanding of Rembrandt's world, while maintaining a steady pace that keeps the reader intrigued.

What truly sets this book apart is Lugt's meticulous attention to detail and unrivaled knowledge of the subject matter. Through a thorough examination of historical records, letters, and artworks, the author successfully illuminates the influences and inspirations that shaped Rembrandt's art. Lugt's expertise in the field allows him to shed new light on familiar paintings, uncovering hidden narratives and intricacies that may have been overlooked before.

Moreover, the book also serves as an insightful cultural guide to Amsterdam during the Dutch Golden Age. From its thriving art market to its bustling neighborhoods, Lugt expertly reconstructs the city's vibrant ambiance. The author's descriptions are vivid and evocative, transporting readers back in time and allowing us to witness Rembrandt's artistic milieu firsthand.

While Lugt's extensive research is evident throughout the book, his narrative occasionally leans towards academic territory. This might make the book feel dense for casual readers or those less familiar with art history. However, those with a genuine interest in Rembrandt's life and the cultural context of his time will find these intricacies fascinating, as they paint a more comprehensive portrait of the artist and his surrounding world.

In conclusion, Rembrandt's Amsterdam is a valuable addition to any art enthusiast's library. Frits Lugt's exhaustive research and evocative prose combine to offer a multidimensional exploration of Rembrandt van Rijn's life and the vibrant city he called home. Whether you are a seasoned art historian or simply curious about this fascinating era, this book will undoubtedly enhance your understanding and appreciation of one of history's greatest artists.

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Rembrandt's Amsterdam

Reprinted, by permission of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, from "The Print Collector's Quarterly"

Frits Lugt

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1915




PLAN OF THE CITY OF AMSTERDAM ABOUT 1650 Plate 1. View of Amsterdam from the East. (reversed) . After the etching by Rembrandt Plate 2. The Old Town Hall in Amsterdam. After an engraving by Cl. Jz. Visscher. Plate 3. The Ruins of the Old Town Hall in Amsterdam, after the Fire in 1652. After the drawing by Rembrandt, formerly in the Heseltine Collection, now in the Rembrandt House in Amsterdam. Plate 4. The New Town Hall in Amsterdam, about 1660. The square building on the right is the public Weighing House, where Rembrandt sketched the ruins of the old town hall (see preceding illustration). After an etching by J. van der Ulft, 1656. Plate 5. The Bridge Called "Grimnessesluis" in Amsterdam. After the drawing by Rembrandt in the Louvre, Paris. Reproduced, by permission, from a copyright photograph by Messrs. Braun and Co., Dornach. Plate 6. View of the Ramparts of Amsterdam, with the St. Anthony Gate in the Distance. After the drawing by Rembrandt, formerly in the Heseltine Collection. Plate 7. Mills on the West Side of Amsterdam, Looking Toward the Town... Continue reading book >>

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