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Four Hundred Years Young by Larry Silver

            Yet both men remained products of their (roughly shared) time—artists who wanted to convey the power and significance of human appearance and action, usually in biblical subjects but with a heightened focus through such means as reduced setting and contrasts of lighting.  Both Caravaggio (whose real attention from art historians really dates back only to the mid-twentieth century) and Rembrandt painted pictures (and Rembrandt etched prints) that command our attention, that seem to matter, and that pose for us a few fellow humans at moments of maximal concentration.  Scholarship can elucidate the models, the audiences, the sub- jects, and the content of such pictures.  But it is their undeniable power that draws us back or stops us in our tracks (amidst the madding exhibition crowd) for a long gaze. 

            Fallout from this Rembrandt year will doubtless continue to shape scholarship on the artist for years to come, like the data transmitted back from interplanetary satellites.  Their very diversity is testimony to the lively state of Rembrandt studies and ultimately to the endless fascination generated by his art.


Suggested Readings:

Clifford Ackley, Rembrandt’s Journey, exh. cat. (Boston, 2003)

Anthony Bailey, Responses to Rembrandt (New York, 1994)

Harry Berger, Fictions of the Pose: Rembrandt against the Italian Renaissance

            (Stanford, 2000)

Perry Chapman, Rembrandt’s Self-Portraits (Princeton, 1990)

Paul Crenshaw, Rembrandt’s Bankruptcy (Cambridge, 2006)

Stephanie Dickey, Rembrandt Portraits in Print (Amsterdam, 2004)

Amy Golahny, Rembrandt’s Reading (Amsterdam, 2003)

Stephen Nadler, Rembrandt’s Jews (Chicago, 2003)

Shelley Perlove and Larry Silver, Rembrandt’s Faith (in press)

Rembrandt by Himself, exh. cat. (London-The Hague, 1999)

Rembrandt Creates Rembrandt, exh. cat. (Boston: Gardner Museum, 2000)

Rembrandt/Not Rembrandt in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Aspects of

            Connoisseurship, 2 vols., exh. cat.  (New York, 1995)

Rembrandt’s Treasures, exh. cat. (Amsterdam, 2001)

Catherine Scallen, Rembrandt, Reputation, and the Practice of Connoisseurship

            (Amsterdam, 2004)

Gary Schwartz, Rembrandt (Antwerp, 2006)

Uylenburch & Son, exh. cat. (Dulwich-Amsterdam, 2006)

Ernst van de Wetering, Rembrandt: The Painter at Work (Amsterdam, 1997)

Ernst van de Wetering, Rembrandt: Quest for a Genius (Amsterdam, 2006)

            Arthur Wheelock, Rembrandt’s Late Religious Portraits, exh. cat. (Washington,


Julia Lloyd Williams, Rembrandt’s Women, exh. cat. (Edinburgh, 2001)

Michael Zell, Reframing Rembrandt (Berkeley, 2002             




Per Contra Non-Fiction - Fall 2006