This richly detailed study reconceptualizes a striking but enigmatic moment in Rembrandt's art from the 1650s - one of the artist's most prolific and creative periods. Michael Zell identifies a significant theological shift in Rembrandt's use of religious imagery and interprets this shift in light of the unique religious and social conditions of seventeenth-century Amsterdam. Rembrandt's biblical art has generally been regarded as the embodiment of a Protestant aesthetic. By looking closely at the artist's relationship with his patron Rabbi Menasseh ben Israel and the ideas of a group of "philosemitic" Protestants with whom the rabbi was engaged in an apologetic dialogue, Zell deepens and complicates our understanding of Rembrandt's sacred art from this period.
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(254mm x 203mm x 19mm)
University of California Press
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Author Biography - Michael Zell
Michael Zell is Assistant Professor of Art History at Boston University.