Jan Lievens

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A Dutch Master Rediscovered

Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr.; With Stephanie S. Dickey, E. Melanie Gifford, Gregory Rubinstein, Jaap van der Veen, and Lloyd DeWitt

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Jan Lievens (1607–1674) was one of the most fascinating and enigmatic Dutch artists of the 17th century. Daring and innovative as a painter, printmaker, and draftsman, he created powerful character studies, genre scenes, landscapes, formal portraits, and religious and allegorical images that were widely praised and valued during his lifetime. This beautiful book, the first overview of the full range of Lievens’ career, features more than 50 paintings—many of them newly discovered in private collections—and more than 75 prints and drawings, providing a reassessment of his place in the history of art.


Lievens began his career in his native Leiden, where he worked closely with his compatriot Rembrandt, who admired and collected Lievens’ works. Lievens then moved to London, Antwerp, and Amsterdam, and his peripatetic career and multitude of working styles, say the authors of this book, may explain why his reputation today is not as high as it should be. This book offers a necessary corrective, returning to Lievens the esteem he deserves.

Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., is curator of Northern baroque painting at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and professor of art history at the University of Maryland.


National Gallery of Art, Washington (October 26, 2008 – January 11, 2009)  

Milwaukee Art Museum (February 7 – April 26, 2009)

Rembrandthuis, Amsterdam (May 17 – August 9, 2009)

"This comprehensive illustrated study, a companion volume to a traveling exhibition, brings Lievens out from under the shadow of his close friend and associate Rembrandt, where he has long languished. . . . Wheelock argues that in some ways, Lievens was the leader and Rembrandt the follower during the early phase of their careers."—Art & Antiques

"Jan Lievens finally gives the neglected artist his due. . . . [The] catalogue represents the most substantive publication in English on his work."—Art & Antiques

"This excellent volume by foremost scholars, including Wheelock. . . .provides an analysis of Lievens's critical fortunes, technique, gaphics, and patrons. . . .This study is an indispensable contribution to Dutch art. Essential. Upper-level undergraduates and above."—Choice

"The catalogue entries . . . are high in quality of thought and thorough in references . . . . The reproductions are very good, and it is a great credit that the prints and drawings are also produced in color." —Paul Crenshaw, Historians of Netherlandish Art

"Jan Lievens: A Dutch Master Rediscovered . . . takes a major step forward in acknowledging the artist as a self-aware, creative mind. . . . This catalogue is comprehensive in its synthesis of past and recent scholarship, thus rendering itself indispensable in the recovery of this son of Leiden."—Jacquelyn N. Coutré, Renaissance Quarterly
ISBN: 9780300142136
Publication Date: October 28, 2008
Publishing Partner: Published in association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington
320 pages, 9 5/8 x 11 1/2
45 b/w + 250 color illus.
Facture: Conservation, Science, Art History

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Edited by Daphne Barbour and E. Melanie Gifford

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Facture: Conservation, Science, Art History

Volume 2: Art in Context

Edited by Daphne Barbour and E. Melanie Gifford

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