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Rembrandt's Eyes

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For Rembrandt, as for Shakespeare, all the world was indeed a stage, and he knew in exhaustive detail the tactics of its performance: the strutting ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.334
emiled

Exhausting

by emiled on Jan 3, 2013

Schama writes well. However, he exhausts the subject to a point just shy of losing sight of Rembrandt. Art and history lovers will be fascinated, but the casual reader will get lost in the side streets of history. That said, it is a valuable contribution to the life and times of Rembrandt.

Eric

Definitive

by Eric on May 10, 2007

Here is the complete Rembrandt. The man, his art, all in the context of his times. Only Schama in our generation could paint the picture so completely, depict the daily life of the people Rembrandt lived and worked among and whom he chose as the models for his biblical and genre paintings. The technology of the work, the contemporaries who painted and etched in the Low Countries, the battles that raged without, the personal loss, the joys, the tribulations in his life. Rembrandt's brief time in the sun of fashion and his humiliation at the hands of the people who could not share his vision. The whole world, in other words, made comprehensible, flesh and blood. Schama makes us artists alongside Rembrandt and we see the world through his eyes. We also see the miracle of his self-portraits and we look into his eyes and at last we see the life reflected in them and understand the man. A real achievement of story-telling, art history scholarship and the writer's craft. Schama at his best.

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