Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus

Edited by Lloyd DeWitt; Preface by Seymour Slive and contributions by Lloyd DeWitt, Blaise Ducos, Franziska Gottwald, George S. Keyes, Shelley Perlove, Larry Silver, Ken Sutherland, and Mark Tucker

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An intriguing new look at the historical significance of Rembrandt's representations of Christ

With the creation of the dramatic Supper at Emmaus (Louvre) and a series of intimate oil sketches of Christ on oak panels, Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) overturned the entire history of Christian art. Traditionally, when depicting Christ, artists had relied on rigidly copied prototypes and icons. Among Rembrandt's innovations was his use of a Jewish model to portray a Christ imbued with empathy, gentleness, grace, and faithfulness to nature.

Lavishly illustrated, this captivating and important book presents the seven known panels, along with more than 60 paintings, drawings, and prints by Rembrandt and his pupils. Essays by expert contributors offer insights into the production of the panels and their relationship to other works in Rembrandt's oeuvre; how he changed the meaning and status of the canonical image of Christ in northern European art; and much more. Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus is a marvelously intriguing study of how one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age revolutionized an aspect of art history dating to antiquity.

Lloyd DeWitt is Associate Curator in the Department of European Painting before 1900 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Blaise Ducos is Curator in the Département des Peintures at the Musée du Louvre, Paris. Franziska Gottwald is a postdoctoral fellow at Queens University, Kingston, Ontario. George S. Keyes is Curator Emeritus of European Paintings at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Shelley Perlove is Professor of Art History at the University of Michigan, Dearborn. Larry Silver is Professor of Northern Renaissance Art at the University of Pennsylvania. Seymour Slive, a preeminant scholar of Dutch art and author of numerous books on the subject, was formerly Director of the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University. Ken Sutherland is Conservation Scientist and Mark Tucker is Vice Chairman of Conservation, both at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Musée du Louvre, Paris (04/21/1107/18/11)

Philadelphia Museum of Art (08/03/11–10/30/11)

Detroit Institute of Arts (11/20/1102/12/12)

“The book [is] lavishly illustrated…..This book is a marvellously intriguing study of how one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age revolutionised an aspect of art history dating to antiquity.”—Methodist Recorder

“The show skirts the thornier issue of Rembrandt’s relationship to Jews in general. On that subject the catalog has more to offer.” —The New York Times

“Scholarly and captivating catalog.”—The Big Think Reviews 

"This book will no doubt fulfil the author’s intentions and become a standard work that future studies of Jesus in the work of Rembrandt will build upon."—Revd. Matthew Askey, Quarterly Review of the Community of the Resurrection

"[A]n engaging scholarly text . . . From this study, Rembrandt emerges as an ever more expert storyteller and examiner of humanity."—A Golahny, Choice
ISBN: 9780300169577
Publication Date: July 18, 2011
Publishing Partner: Published in association with the Philadelphia Museum of Art
256 pages, 10 x 12
130 color + 20 b/w illus.
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