Rembrandt's life and art had a mythical resonance among ninetheenth-century French artists, writers and collectors. Artists and critics used Rembrandt's artistic persona as a benchmark and justification for their own goals and some reconstructed and falsified history while making making Rembrandt and ancestral figure whom they heralded as their talisman. This study, the first in-depth examination of the reception of Rembrandt in nineteenth-century France, analyzes the preoccupation with his perceived authenticity, originality and republicanism. This innovative book considers the written texts, prints, sculpture, painting, posters, and theatrical performances that demonstrate the growing power of the myth of Rembrandt.|The first in-depth overview of the perception of Rembrandt among the French 19th-century intelligentsia|A fascinating investigation of the circumstances in France that fostered present-day debates over Rembrandt's art
Subjects: Art & Art History
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