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Rembrandt's 'Bathsheba Reading King David's Letter'

Rembrandt's 'Bathsheba Reading King David's Letter'

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Part of Masterpieces of Western Painting

Ann Jensen Adams, Ernst van de Wetering, Eric Jan Sluijter, Leo Steinberg, Mieke Bal, Svetlana Alpers, Margaret D. Carroll, Gary Schwartz
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  • Date Published: November 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521459860

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  • Rembrandt's masterful Bathsheba Reading King David's Letter is unusual both as a history painting and as a portrayal of a nude. Instead of displaying a sumptuous body for the viewer's delectation, Bathsheba elicits our empathy. This collection of essays by six leading Rembrandt scholars examines its qualities from perspectives ranging from changing perceptions of female beauty and the nude, to technical analysis, and biographical and psychological analysis of the artist, the subject, and the viewer.

    • Six original essays by leading Rembrandt scholars
    • Joins already published titles in the Masterpieces of Western Painting series
    • Unique approach, juxtaposing different approaches to a single work of art
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    "Ann Adams's introduction deftly presents current Rembrandt studies and critical presentation of the following essays, making the connections and distinctions in theit approaches. For students, this sampling of approaches with respect to a single art work is a rich opportunity to gain access to the discipline of art history, which is, by its definition and essence, interdisciplinary in material and methodology." Amy Golahny, Historians of Netherlandish Art Newsletter

    "...essential reading not only for their respective pictures, but for their respective artists...the essays work collectively to round out understanding of a key work and remind us of why scholarly attention has created a canon." Renaissance Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521459860
    • length: 230 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • contains: 35 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: perspectives on Rembrandt and his works Ann Jensen Adams
    1. Rembrandt's Bathsheba: the object and its transformations Ernst van de Wetering
    2. Rembrandt's Bathsheba and the conventions of a seductive theme Eric Jan Sluijter
    3. An incomparable Bathsheba Leo Steinberg
    4. Reading Bathsheba: from mastercodes to misfits Mieke Bal
    5. Not Bathsheba: I. The painter and the model Svetlana Alpers
    II. Uriah's gaze Margaret D. Carroll
    6. 'Though deficient in beauty': the reluctant, then hyperbolic reception of a masterpiece Gary Schwartz.

  • Editor

    Ann Jensen Adams, University of California, Santa Barbara


    Ann Jensen Adams, Ernst van de Wetering, Eric Jan Sluijter, Leo Steinberg, Mieke Bal, Svetlana Alpers, Margaret D. Carroll, Gary Schwartz

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