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Jan van der Heyden : 1637-1712 /
Peter C. Sutton.
imprint
New Haven : Yale University Press, 2006.
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250 p. : ill. (some col.)
ISBN
0300119704 (alk. paper)
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imprint
New Haven : Yale University Press, 2006.
isbn
0300119704 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
6017552
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Appeared in Choice on 2007-06-01:
This six-part study is part exhibition catalog and part monograph. Four contributions discuss Van der Heyden's life, patronage, and art; use of visual aids, including the camera obscura; inventions, religious context, and scientific analyses of painting technique with illustrations; and notes on original owners of the artist's paintings and a very useful historical anthology of biographies mentioning the painter. Of the two separate catalog sections, the first has 38 painting entries and the second, 54 entries on preparatory drawings for Van der Heyden's 1690 firefighting book. Apart from Cornelis Hofstede de Groot's catalogue raisonne in 1926, Gary Schwartz's substantial 1983 article, and two contributions by Lykle De Vries in 1984 and Peter Schatborn in 1995, scholars have paid little attention to Van der Heyden. This lack is surprising, for he was an important painter who introduced the architectural capriccio and, as such, can be considered the precursor of the 18th-century Italian vedute painters. Intriguingly, his artistic oeuvre also refers to his activities as engineer of public street lighting in Amsterdam and as inventor of a new fire hose, standard throughout Europe. This is a first on Van der Heyden in English, well written, thoroughly researched, with an updated bibliography, superbly illustrated, invaluable. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through professionals. H. J. Van Miegroet Duke University
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"Thanks to Peter Sutton whose groundbreaking scholarship has enlightened us about many other Dutch topics, including genre subjects, we now have access to fundamental information about Jan, in a handsome volume, with full-page color illustrations, that serves as a welcome and long-overdue addition to the literature, and accompanies the first exhibition devoted to the artist in twenty years. . . . This is without doubt the most comprehensive book on van der Heyden available, and it will not be eclipsed any time soon."Adelheid M. Gealt, Eighteenth-Century Life
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A remarkably versatile man, Jan van der Heyden (1637-1712) was the preeminent painter of cityscapes in the Netherlands and the first artist to capture all the beauty of the urban scene. Notwithstanding his achievements as an artist, Van der Heyden was even more famous in his own time as an inventor and engineer: he invented firefighting equipment that set the standard throughout Europe for two centuries, and he perfected the streetlamp. This is the first book in English devoted to Van der Heyden. It includes recent discoveries about his fascinating life and offers an introduction to his ravishing art. The book includes a general discussion of Van der Heyden's work, entries on 40 of his paintings, illustrations of about 100 of his paintings, as well as supplemental drawings and prints. Focusing mainly on the bustling city of Amsterdam, he also recorded other Dutch, Flemish, and German cities with a brilliant palette and exceptionally detailed technique. Often innovative in his composition, he was the first artist to create imaginary scenes by rearranging existing city views and known buildings.
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A remarkably versatile man, Jan van der Heyden (1637-1712) was the preeminent painter of cityscapes in the Netherlands. This book includes a general discussion of Van der Heyden's work, entries on 40 of his paintings, illustrations of about 100 of his paintings, as well as supplemental drawings and prints.
Table of Contents
A life in full : artistry, invention, and patronagep. 17
The art of Jan van der Heydenp. 28
Perspective, visual aids, and the camera obscurap. 63
Jan van der Heyden's inventionsp. 72
The town bookkeeper and fellow Mennonites : notes on some of the original owners of van der Heyden's paintingsp. 83
Refined technique or special tricks : painting methods of Jan van der Heydenp. 91
Catalogue of paintingsp. 105
Catalogue of drawingsp. 209
A historical anthology of authors' biographies and comments about Jan van der Heydenp. 237
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