"Among the countless Rembrandt titles published over the past decades, this book is doubtless one of the most important. The author explores not only a hitherto neglected subject, but also throws light on an important aspect of Rembrandt's art. . . . De Winkel's research offers an unusually rich scale to the new possibilities of interpreting and points with striking precision toward countless written sources which materialize as a rich panorama of cultural history. The importance of this book lies in the way in which the author has integrated issues and insights in the history of fashion, art and culture, yielding new knowledge and new, valuable hypotheses."--Ernst van de Wetering, author of Rembrandt: The Painter at Work and chairman of (05/24/2004)Vom Verlag:
Until now dress has played a minor role in the studies of Rembrandt's paintings. This is all the more surprising since the artist clearly delighted in the rendering of clothes. He made extensive use of clothing and jewellery to emphasize the character, religious affiliation or social status of the sitters in his portraits, and to clarify the narrative or heighten the drama in his history pieces. De Winkel fills this lacuna and shows that research of this neglected field can contribute in many and unexpected ways to our understanding of Rembrandt's art. Serious study of the history of dress is itself a rather new field, and was long regarded by art historians as merely ancillary to art history, mainly as a help in matters of dating. However, the knowledge of dress can contribute to the identification of the sitter. It can also help to determine the message the sitter or the artist wished to express. The wider aim of the author is to investigate the possible contemporary connotations of clothes in Rembrandt's painted oeuvre by placing them within a wider cultural and historical context.
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Buchbeschreibung Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, c2006. Orig. cloth binding. Dustjacket. 398 pp. Ills. 27 cm. English text. Condition : new. Condition : as new. ISBN 9789053569177[KEYWORDS: ART, Rembrandt. Artikel-Nr. 17153