No.4 Breestraat, Amsterdam, is an imposing 17th century house, but little different from many big old houses in the city. What makes it exceptional is that for twenty years one of the world's greatest artists lived here - Rembrandt van Rijn, master painter of the time. This is the story of that house, the world Rembrandt observed in and around it and the special universe he created in his studio there. In this unique and imaginative portrait, Anthony Bailey pieces together the events and circumstances which shaped Rembrandt's career - from his beginnings in Leiden and early apprenticeship to his marriage and personal relationships; his restless artistic energy, creative triumphs and, finally, his slow fall from fashion and descent into financial hardship, which forced him to sell his home. With as many levels and hidden corners as the house Bailey describes, this is at once biography, travel writing and history of a golden age.
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Anthony Bailey is an art historian, was for many years a writer for The New Yorker and is the bestselling author of Standing in the Sun, shortlisted for the James Tair Black Memorial Prize for biography; Vermeer: A View of Delft, shortlisted for the Whitbread biography prize; as well as biographies of Constable and Velzquez.Review:
“An affectionate meditation on the mood, the texture and the circumstances of the painter’s life and times. Bailey...skillfully mingles his own impressions of Amsterdam today with the subject’s. [He] moves, as Rembrandt did himself, from the tangible to the intangible, the material to the spiritual, the personal to the social. It is an appropriate way to look at an artist who... immortalized his time and place.” —The New York Times
“Bailey has woven together a delightful image of Rembrandt’s Amsterdam, of the people he knew, the houses he lived in, the streets he walked. It is an excellent book, easy to read, and filled with fascinating information about Rembrandt and his world.” —The Washington Post
“Bailey manages masses of detail, from established fact to whimsical lore, with impressive skill. It would not be so absorbing, nor so evocative, if it did not return again and again to the sensuous terms of Rembrandt’s world. A literary triumph. It sets the standard for efforts to evoke the human reality of an artist of the past.” — Kenneth Baker, art writer, Boston Phoenix
""An engaging introduction."" — Simon Schama, art historian
“This is a book about Rembrandt, but about Rembrandt in Amsterdam, and it tells us the history of that city without losing track of the artist... modest, rich and sensitive... This is a book to read at many levels; no one should visit Holland again without it in his bag. It is a labour of love.” — The Irish Times
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Book Description Littlehampton Book Services Ltd, 1978. Book Condition: Good. First Edition. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP16782209
Book Description Littlehampton Book Services Ltd. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # PL01599660B
Book Description Littlehampton Book Services Ltd. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 0460120425 Books shipped daily. Professional seller. Bookseller Inventory # Z0460120425Z2
Book Description Littlehampton Book Services Ltd, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0460120425
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Book Description Littlehampton Book Services Ltd, 1978. Book Condition: Good. Published by J M Dent & Sons. Good condition book with dust jacket. DJ is has a few tears to edges with some surface marks at spine. Book has clean and bright contents. Bookseller Inventory # 9999-9992416562
Book Description J. M. Dent, London, 1978. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First. An unmarked book in very good condition."This unusual and very personal book has as many levels and hidden corners as the building Anthony Bailey descfribes. It can be enjoyed as biography, as a remarkable piece of travel writing, as a history of the Dutch Republic in its golden days, and as an appreciation of an artist who recorded his own times and its concerns with an accuracy that is timeless.". Bookseller Inventory # 027482
Book Description 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 1978 Dent Hardcover 1st Edition. Very good+ clean tight binding with very good+ unclipped dustjacket. Wonderful jacket design & illustration has former owners bookpate inside. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-5008523607