Rembrandt's Self-Portraits: A Study in Seventeenth-Century Identity

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H. Perry Chapman has produced the first comprehensive treatment of the entire body of Rembrandt's self-portraits in their cultural and historical setting and in the context of the artist's life. Prevailing scholarship has tried to discredit the idea that the self-portraits stemmed from any particular inner need, but Chapman counters by presenting fascinating evidence that they represent a conscious and progressive quest for individual identity in a truly modern sense. "H. Perry Chapman, in my view, gives us the Rembrandt we need in the 1990s. . . . [Her] sensitivity to questions of style and expression, combined with original research, leads to a conclusion . . . that `Rembrandt's lifelong preoccupation with self-portraiture can be seen as a necessary process of identity formation or self-definition'--in short, autobiography."--Walter Liedtke, The Journal of Art "Chapman is a graceful writer. Her arguments are balanced, well documented, and vigorously pursued. . . . The publication of this book is cause for gratitude and joy."--Thomas D'Evelyn, Christian Science Monitor

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This closely argued text interprets Rembrandt's many self-portraits as a manifestation of the emerging concept of self-identity in 17th-century Holland. Like Svetlana Alpers ( Rembrandt's Enter prise: The Studio and the Market, LJ 6/15/88), Chapman argues against certain established notions of earlier Rembrandt scholarship, contributing to the current lively debate in this field. This will be a significant addition to research collections in art and history and is likely to be of interest to scholars and specialists in the field.
- Kathryn W. Finkelstein, M.Ln., Cincinnati
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 1991

Chapman established a coherence in Rembrandt's self-portraiture by scrupulous attention to detail, fine command of visual and documentary material and careful argument. Her text contains many rewards for the attentive reader. (Apollo)

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