Though he left more self-portraits to posterity than practically any Old Master, there remains an air of mystery around Rembrandt the man—even on the 350th anniversary of his death. Piecing together the very few personal letters and documents left behind, Onno Blom has now reconstructed Rembrandt’s formative years in Young Rembrandt. Here he guides us through five of the most authoritative—and imaginative—accounts of the artist.
Still Life with Oysters and Lemon: On Objects and Intimacy
by Mark Doty
The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age
by Simon Schama
by Lawrence Gowing
Rembrandt's Enterprise: The Studio and the Market
by Svetlana Alpers
Art of the Everyday: Dutch Painting and the Realist Novel
by Ruth Bernard Yeazell
The past may be a foreign country, but the world portrayed in the art of the Dutch Masters is not so very far from our own, says Adam Eaker of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. For a society that struggles with materialism and consumption, there are a lot of lessons to be learnt from the 17th century Golden Age.