Rembrandts Bathsheba Reading King Davids Letter by Ann Jensen AdamsRembrandts Bathsheba Reading King Davids Letter by Ann Jensen Adams

Rembrandts Bathsheba Reading King Davids Letter

EditorAnn Jensen Adams

Paperback | November 13, 1998

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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. This collection of essays by six leading Rembrandt scholars examines its qualities from perspectives ranging from changing perceptions of female beauty and the nude, to technical analysis, and biographical and psychological analysis of the artist, the subject, and the viewer.
Title:Rembrandts Bathsheba Reading King Davids LetterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:230 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.47 inPublished:November 13, 1998Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521459869

ISBN - 13:9780521459860

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Table of Contents

Introduction: perspectives on Rembrandt and his works Ann Jensen Adams; 1. Rembrandt's Bathsheba: the object and its transformations Ernst van de Wetering; 2. Rembrandt's Bathsheba and the conventions of a seductive theme Eric Jan Sluijter; 3. An incomparable Bathsheba Leo Steinberg; 4. Reading Bathsheba: from mastercodes to misfits Mieke Bal; 5. Not Bathsheba: I. The painter and the model Svetlana Alpers; II. Uriah's gaze Margaret D. Carroll; 6. 'Though deficient in beauty': the reluctant, then hyperbolic reception of a masterpiece Gary Schwartz.

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Rembrandt's masterful "Bathsheba Reading King David's Letter" is unusual both as a history painting and as a portrayal of a nude. This collection of essays by six leading Rembrandt scholars examines the painting's qualities from perspectives ranging from changing perceptions of female beauty and the nude, to technical analysis and biographical and psychological analysis of artist, subject, and viewer. 36 photos

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"...essential reading not only for their respective pictures, but for their respective artists...the essays work collectively to round out understanding of a key work and remind us of why scholarly attention has created a canon." Renaissance Quarterly