Portraits and portrait painting; being a brief survey of portrait painting from the middle ages to the present day

9781151187055: Portraits and portrait painting; being a brief survey of portrait painting from the middle ages to the present day

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...and mechanical arrangement contains two or three really interesting heads. The picture, however, is made unnecessarily revolting by the treatment of the cadaver, which is opened to show the viscera. The subject of the Anatomy Lesson was one in great favour with surgeons' guilds, and represented the members gathered about a dissecting-table, ostensibly listening to the professor's demonstration. It was an attempt to supply a story motive for a portrait group. When we turn from Mierevelt's picture to Rembrandt's famous treatment of the same theme, in the year 1632, we can understand the furore which the latter aroused in Amsterdam. Here is genuine dramatic interest as the colleagues bend eagerly over the subject. If their zeal is "slightly exaggerated, not so that of Dr. Tulp, the demonstrator, who speaks with the calm deliberation of the scientist. The fine strong personality preserved in this portrait is a type of that class of men whose scholarship made the Dutch universities so famous in the seventeenth century. All the heads are convincing likenesses, and we may well believe that they were gratifying to the originals. The subject, too, is treated in as good taste as is possible with the unpleasant theme: the muscles of the arm are under discussion. Rembrandt had at this time but recently set up his studio in Amsterdam, having removed thither from his native.Leyden, The success of this first important commission augured a brilliant future for the young painter. Happy in his marriage, he now entered upon a busy and fruitful decade of his career. The military groups were of course the most common of all forms of corporation pictures. To begin with a typical work in the.older method, one might take Ravesteyn's masterpiece at The Hague: The...

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