Rembrandt's 'Bathsheba Reading King David's Letter'

Rembrandt's 'Bathsheba Reading King David's Letter'


Rembrandt's masterful Bathsheba Reading King David's Letter is unusual both as a history painting and as a portrayal of a nude. Instead of displaying a sumptuous body for the viewer's delectation, Bathsheba elicits our empathy.

Rembrandt's 'Bathsheba Reading King David's Letter', a collection of essays by seven leading Rembrandt scholars, examines its qualities from perspectives ranging from changing perceptions of female beauty and the nude, technical analysis, and biographical and psychological analysis of the artist, the subject, and the viewer. The juxtaposition of these different approaches to a single work highlights how both the artist and his art are constructed through the questions we ask, and facilitates a comparison of some of the different approaches practiced by art historians today.

Product Code 1025206
ISBN 9780521459860
artist Rembrandt
B&W illustrations 35
editor Ann Jensen Adams
format Paperback
GTIN 9780521459860
pages 228
published Nov 1998
publisher Cambridge University Press
Dimensions 15 X 23 X 1.6 cm
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