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The visible world : Samuel van Hoogstraten's art theory and the legitimation of painting in the Dutch golden age /
Thijs Weststeijn ; translated [from the Dutch] by Beverley Jackson and Lynne Richards.
imprint
Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, c2008.
description
475 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
ISBN
9089640274, 9789089640277
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imprint
Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, c2008.
isbn
9089640274
9789089640277
dissertation note
Translation of the author's thesis--Amsterdam, 2005.
catalogue key
6789992
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 443-462) and indexes.
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'Weststeijn demonstrates convincingly how Van Hoogstraten's treatise opens new perspectives on the theory and practice of Dutch Golden Age painting.' Jeroen Jansen
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Main Description
How did painters and their public speak about art in Rembrandt's age? This book about the writings of the painter-poet Samuel van Hoogstraten, one of Rembrandt's pupils, examines a wide variety of themes from painting practice and theory from the Dutch Golden Age. It addresses the contested issue of 'Dutch realism' and its hidden symbolism, as well as Rembrandt's concern with representing emotions in order to involve the spectator. Diverse aspects of imitation and illusion come to the fore, such as the theory behind sketchy or 'rough' brushwork and the active role played by the viewer's imagination. Taking as its starting point discussions in Rembrandt's studio, this unique study provides an ambitious overview of Dutch artists' ideas on painting.
Main Description
The Visible Worldexplores the writings of Dutch painter and poet Samuel van Hoogstraten (162778)one of Rembrandt's pupilsand clarifies his use of painterly themes and theory from the Dutch Golden Age. Van Hoogstraten drew on a variety of literary, philosophical, and artistic sources, as well as from history and travel accounts, in writing has magnum opus,Introduction to the Academy of Painting; or the Visible World(1678) a cross-section of general seventeenth-century views on art in Holland. Questioning the motives of artists represented by van Hoogstraten's theory, as well as the contested issues behind Dutch realism and its hidden symbolism, author Thijs Weststeijn provides an ambitious overview of seventeenth-century painting through the eyes of contemporary Dutch artists from the age.
Main Description
The Visible World explores the writings of Dutch painter and poet Samuel van Hoogstraten (162778)one of Rembrandt's pupilsand clarifies his use of painterly themes and theory from the Dutch Golden Age. Van Hoogstraten drew on a variety of literary, philosophical, and artistic sources, as well as from history and travel accounts, in writing has magnum opus, Introduction to the Academy of Painting; or the Visible World (1678) a cross-section of general seventeenth-century views on art in Holland. Questioning the motives of artists represented by van Hoogstraten's theory, as well as the contested issues behind Dutch realism and its hidden symbolism, author Thijs Weststeijn provides an ambitious overview of seventeenth-century painting through the eyes of contemporary Dutch artists from the age.

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