Rembrandt in Amsterdam: Creativity and Competition

Rembrandt in Amsterdam: Creativity and Competition


It was in the city of Amsterdam that Rembrandt developed the dramatic style for which he is remembered. At the age of 25, the 16th-century artist travelled from his hometown of Leiden to the capital of the Netherlands, where he found great commercial and artistic success.

Written by professor of art history Stephanie S. Dickey, this book is an in-depth examination of the crucial role that Amsterdam had on Rembrandt’s career. The young artist’s move was considered a bold step, but one that ultimately worked in his favour. In Amsterdam, Rembrandt took advantage of the booming art market and formed connections with wealthy patrons through his marriage to the cousin of a successful art dealer.

Through these commissions, Rembrandt’s style rapidly evolved from the small, meticulous panels of his Leiden period to the broad brushstrokes and intense lighting of his realistic portraits, landscapes and genre scenes. This book explores the transition and the ways in which Amsterdam’s creative community played a part in Rembrandt’s development.

Product Code 1050734
Author Stephanie S. Dickey
Dimensions 24.89 cm x 3.3 cm x 31.24 cm
Format Hardback
Publisher Yale University Press
Published April 2021
ISBN 9780300249934
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