08-The Virtuoso

08-The Virtuoso - 2/14/08The Virtuoso: Rembrandt and...

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2/14/08-The Virtuoso: Rembrandt and Velazquez  14/02/2008 15:11:00 Rembrandt took ideas of middle class Dutch and what they wanted out of art-established a name for himself and consistently pushed boundaries of what art did in the 17 th century Netherlands Rembrandt van Rijn The Night Watch 1642 Large painting of Dutch group portraiture Also interest to show off what he could do Playing with Dutch group portraiture-members of Dutch militia company formed during revolt against Spanish-we can look at with large amount of patriotism o But These groups have becomes social organizations by this time-sitting around drinking o Rembrandt however paints them in their old identity-gives all of these figures in painting something to do-creates sense of drama and immediacy o Turns portraiture into a genre that can be narrative-“history painting” In fashioning a career and reputation for himself-he wants to cut across varieties of paintings Rembrandt van Rijn Self Portrait 1642 Depicts himself as painting As compared to earlier Rembrandt portrait Makes statement about own placement and status in society In this one-he does not present himself as favorably o The purpose of self-portraits we’ve looked at so far is to announce the artist or importance of subject o Earlier portrait gives us what we would expect-play of different surfaces o Later portrait-he goes out of his way only to use as much paint as he needs to suggest what were supposed to see-he has built up paint on parts of face that are supposed to be coming forward Allows Rembrandt to make points of artifice o He associated these kinds of formal experiments with himself, with his art
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o Differences between painting and reality o Also cuts to commercial core-things that we sometime imagine to be opposed (formal experimentation and individual style and character of the artist) Rembrandt van Rijn Christ Healing the Sick 1642 Lending of commercial and technically formal very apparent here Prints apparent again Show off ability and constant sense of play between real and what could be represented By breaking down to black and white-created set of limits That’s also what landscape and still life did-fixed set of elements Rembrandt made use of to tremendous advantage Prints also useful for providing outlet for religious art not there-provided those larger commissions Shows us that Rembrandts able to latch onto print and use it show his skill so much that the material made on didn’t even matter-you got a print that showed his capabilities Prints also portable-could also be sold abroad in places like Italy where there was huge market for religious art o Shows off that he can too do the counter reformation art as well as Italians Prints-experiment technically Rembrandt van Rijn The Tree Crosses 1642 Return of the prodigal son No narrative satisfaction-just gives us spotlight face of the father
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