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Rembrandt's Bankruptcy
The Artist, his Patrons, and the Art Market in Seventeenth-Century Netherlands

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  • Date Published: September 2013
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107671096

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  • This study, first published in 2006, examines the causes, circumstances, and effects of the 1656 bankruptcy of Rembrandt van Rijn. Following a highly successful early career, Rembrandt's idiosyncratic art and lifestyle came to dominate his reputation. His evasion of responsibility to his creditors was so socially disreputable that laws in Amsterdam were quickly altered. The poor management of his finances magnified other difficulties that he had with family, paramours, friends, neighbors, and patrons. Collectively, Rembrandt's economic and social exigencies affected his living and working environment, his public station, and his art. This study examines all of these aspects of Rembrandt's bankruptcy, including his marketing practices, the appreciation of his work, and his relations with patrons, in addition to the details of the bankruptcy itself. Several patterns of short-sighted decision-making emerge as Rembrandt conducted his affairs within a constantly changing framework of relationships, a shifting set of obligations, and evolving artistic pursuits.

    • In-depth personal biography of a critical period in Rembrandt's career
    • Presents new interpretations and context for several of Rembrandt's major paintings and prints
    • Humanizes one of the great artists of all time - we see his foibles and almost daily concerns with money and relationships
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    '… what Crenshaw accomplishes … is impressive, and constitutes a significant addition not only to Rembrandt studies but the growing interdisciplinary field of painting and economics in the seventeenth century.' Association of Art Historians

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    • Date Published: September 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107671096
    • length: 235 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print
  • Table of Contents

    1. Bankruptcy and Rembrandt's critical fortune
    2. The perils of the Dutch art market
    3. The foundation of Rembrandt's financial problems
    4. Rembrandt's house on the Breestraat
    5. Rembrandt's collecting habit
    6. Rembrandt's disputes with his patrons
    7. The effects of Rembrandt's financial problems.

  • Author

    Paul Crenshaw, Washington University, St Louis
    Paul Crenshaw is assistant professor of art history and archaeology at Washington University in St Louis.

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