By J. Bruyn, B. Haak, S.H. Levie, P.J.J. van Thiel, D. Cook-Radmore, L. Peese Binkhorst-Hoffscholte
Since the second one half the final century paintings historians, understanding that a dead ringer for Rembrandt’s paintings had develop into blurred with time, have tried to redefine the artist’s value either as a resource of thought to different artists and as a superb artist in his personal correct. so one can keep on the paintings begun by way of earlier generations, a gaggle of major Dutch artwork historians from the college and museum international joined forces within the overdue Sixties on the way to examine afresh the work frequently ascribed to the artist. The researchers got here jointly within the Rembrandt study undertaking which was once proven to supply the artwork global with a brand new general reference paintings which might serve the group of paintings historians for the within reach and lengthy destiny.
They tested the originals of all works attributed to Rembrandt taking complete benefit of today’s subtle thoughts together with radiography, neutron activation autoradiography, dendrochronology and paint pattern research ― thereby gaining important perception into the genesis and situation of the work.
The results of this meticulous study is laid down chronologically within the following Volumes:
THIS quantity: A Corpus of Rembrandt work, quantity I, which bargains with works from Rembrandt’s early years in Leiden(1629-1631), released in 1982.
A Corpus of Rembrandt work, quantity II, protecting his first years in Amsterdam (1631-1634), released in 1986.
A Corpus of Rembrandt work, quantity III, is going into his later years of recognition (1635-1642), released in 1990.
Each quantity involves a few Introductory Chapters in addition to the entire Catalogue of all work from the given period of time attributed to Rembrandt. during this catalogue every one portray is mentioned and tested in an in depth manner, comprising a descriptive, an interpretative and a documentary part. For the authenticity evaluate of the work 3 various different types are used to divide the works in:
A. work by means of Rembrandt,
B. work of which Rembrandt’s authorship can't be definitely both permitted or rejected, and
C. work of which Rembrandt’s authorship can't be authorized.
This quantity (Volume I) includes 730 pages, beginning of with 4 introductory chapters and discussing ninety three work. In transparent and available explanatory textual content all various work are mentioned, larded with immaculate photos of every portray. info are proven the place attainable, in addition to the result of modern-day technical imaging. during this quantity the 1st ever works by way of Rembrandt are mentioned, additionally utilizing his etchings as comparison.
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W. 9 Chapter II Painting materials and working methods* years at least Rembrandt did approach the task of producing a painting by following a more or less set working method. As data and observations on Rembrandt's Leiden paintings were analysed and correlated, distinct patterns emerged which prompted us to postulate a more or less consistent working method in the young Rembrandt, and to put this hypothesis to the test. Wherever such testing is possible using laboratory techniques, it has been carried out in collaboration with the Central Research Laboratory for Objects of Art and Science, Amsterdam 4 .
The main theme is the painter's working procedure, looking for the sense and logic underlying the various steps in the painting method that was adopted. as well he deliberately varied his choice of support and preparation with a specific artistic purpose in mind. t have been considered here relate mainly to the dimensions of panels (the type of support that was predominantly used during this period). Later, in the section dealing with the ground, we look at whether Rembrandt varied the colour of his preparation layer.
A 5), and in the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum the Musical allegory (no. A 7), the Tobit and Anna (no. A 3), the Jeremiah (no. A 28), the Old woman reading (no. A37) and the early Self-portrait (no. A 14). All these works could be subjected to close examination using the microscope. Two works in Paris, the Balaam in the Musee Cognacq-Jay (no. A 2) and the Supper at Emmaus in the Musee Jacquemart-Andre (no. A 16), were studied afresh - albeit only with a magnifying-glass - in the light of the hypotheses we had developed.