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Rembrandt used the achievements of his teachers, predecessors and contemporaries to develop and realise his own artistic aims and abilities, and it was to these too that he owed his basic artistic impulses. His urge to achieve unmistakable originality led him to overturn aesthetic and thematic conventions; he expanded technique and experimented with the use of colour and forms of etching. Although the art of the past always served him as a starting point, he sought to surpass it by staging works that were both unexpectedly daring and apposite to their subject.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781906598013
ISBN-10: 1906598010
Format: Paperback
(290mm x 250mm x 26mm)
Pages: 300
Imprint: Haus Publishing Limited
Publisher: Haus Publishing Limited
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Christian Trumpel

The author studied theology, art history and archaeology and wrotehis doctoral dissertation about Rembrandt (1968). He was a Fellow atthe Warburg Institute in London (1968/9) and then invited to succeedJulius Held as chair of Northern European Art at Columbia Universityin New York the following year. In 1972/3 hew was awarded the Prizeof the Royal Academy of Science. From 1984 until his retirement in2002 he was Professor of art history at the University of Nijmegen inThe Netherlands.