Individual Painters - 17th Century
Jan Vermeer
Jan Vermeer
Hardcover      ISBN: 3741919845

Vermeer's Girl with the Pearl Earring is almost as famous as Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. And yet the life and work of the painter remains as enigmatic as ever. This volume shows Vermeer's small oeuvre and puts it into the context of Dutch genre painting of the seventeenth century.

Master of Shadows: The Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens
Master of Shadows
The Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens
Paperback      ISBN: 0307387356

Although his popularity is eclipsed by Rembrandt today, Peter Paul Rubens was revered by his contemporaries as the greatest painter of his era, if not of all history. His undeniable artistic genius, bolstered by a modest disposition and a reputation as a man of tact and discretion, made him a favorite among monarchs and political leaders across Europe--and gave him the perfect cover for the clandestine activities that shaped the landscape of seventeenth-century politics.

In Master of Shadows, Mark Lamster brilliantly recreates the culture, religious conflicts, and political intrigues of Rubens's time, following the painter from Antwerp to London, Madrid, Paris, and Rome and providing an insightful exploration of Rubens's art as well as the private passions that influenced it.

Painting of the Golden Age: A Biographical Dictionary of Seventeenth-Century European Painters
Painting of the Golden Age
A Biographical Dictionary of Seventeenth-Century European Painters
Hardcover      ISBN: 0313243107

Reference materials on European painting of the seventeenth century are generally restricted to a roster of a few dozen great masters such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Caravaggio, and Velazquez, but this Golden Age produced hundreds of prodigiously talented painters. Almost 300--mainly Dutch, Flemish, Italian, and Spanish--are here given biographical coverage based on an extensive bibliography of contemporaneous, later, and recent scholarship. Attention is focused on training, travel, commissions, stylistic influences and legacy, and pupils. For each artist, the oeuvre is analyzed with reference to major works, and a detailed list of additional works with museum holdings is appended. References are keyed to the backmatter bibliography, and museum citations refer to a list of 183 collections around the world. An appendix groups the featured artists by nationality, and an index completes the volume.

Rembrandt: The Painter Thinking
Rembrandt
The Painter Thinking
Paperback      ISBN: 0520290259

Even during the artist's lifetime, contemporary art lovers considered Rembrandt van Rijn to be an exceptional artist. In this revelatory sequel to the acclaimed Rembrandt: The Painter at Work, renowned Rembrandt authority Ernst van de Wetering investigates precisely why the artist, from a very early age, was praised by prominent connoisseurs. He argues that Rembrandt, from his very first endeavors in painting, embarked on a journey past all the foundations of the art of painting that, according to (up until now misinterpreted) contemporary written sources, were considered essential in the seventeenth century. Rembrandt never stopped searching for solutions to the pictorial problems that confronted him; this led over time to radical changes in course that can't simply be attributed to stylistic evolution or natural development. In a quest as rigorous and novel as the artist's, van de Wetering reveals how Rembrandt became the best painter the world had ever seen. Gorgeously illustrated throughout, this groundbreaking exploration reconstructs Rembrandt's closely guarded theories and methods, shedding new light both on the artist's exceptional accomplishments and on the practice of painting in the Dutch Golden Age.

Published in association with Amsterdam University Press

Rembrandt Drawings
Rembrandt Drawings
Paperback      ISBN: 1606066366
"Seymour Slive, who should be considered the dean of scholars of 17th-century Dutch art, brings a lifetime of study and erudition to Rembrandt Drawings. . . . You would have to go a long way to find a better guide than Mr. Slive."
--Wall Street Journal

Written by renowned Rembrandt scholar Seymour Slive, this gorgeous volume explores the artist's extraordinary achievements as a draftsman by examining more than 150 of his drawings. Reproduced in color, these works are accompanied by etchings and paintings by Rembrandt and others, including Leonardo and Raphael. Unlike other publications of Rembrandt's drawings, here they are arranged thematically, which makes his genius abundantly clear. Individual chapters focus on self-portraits, portraits of family members and friends, the lives of women and children, nudes, copies, model and study sheets, animals, landscapes and buildings, religious and mythological subjects, historical subjects, and genre scenes. Slive discusses possible doubtful attributions, which account for the considerable reduction from earlier times in the number of drawings now ascribed to the master.
Rembrandt's Eyes
Rembrandt's Eyes
Paperback      ISBN: 0141979534

This dazzling, unconventional biography shows us why, more than three centuries after his death, Rembrandt continues to exert such a hold on our imagination. Deeply familiar to us through his enigmatic self-portraits, few facts are known about the Leiden miller's son who tasted brief fame before facing financial ruin (he was even forced to sell his beloved wife Saskia's grave). The true biography of Rembrandt, as Simon Schama demonstrates, is to be discovered in his pictures. Interweaving of seventeenth-century Holland, Schama allows us to see Rembrandt in a completely fresh and original way.

Repentant Monk: Illusion and Disillusion in the Art of Chen Hongshou
Repentant Monk
Illusion and Disillusion in the Art of Chen Hongshou
Hardcover      ISBN: 0520294335
Repentant Monk: Illusion and Disillusion in the Art of Chen Hongshou is the first U.S. exhibition focusing solely on Chen Hongshou (1599-1652), a major figure in Chinese painting. Chen has long been regarded as one of the most visually exciting artists of his time as evidenced in this exhibition by a careful selection of his best extant work including figure, landscape, and bird and flower paintings drawn from collections world-wide. Chen's iconic manner of painting figures in the styles of ancient masters lends an aura of antiquity to his work which is equally charged by distinct expressions of irony, humor, and pathos. In his landscape paintings we recognize his vast knowledge of past traditions while in his bird and flower paintings we see a remarkable freshness and modernity that has tremendous popular appeal.

Repentant Monk addresses the need for a greater historical understanding of this artist's work and breadth of paintings made during the transitional period of the late Ming and early Qing dynasties (early to mid- seventeenth century). The title refers to the sobriquet that Chen adopted in 1646, and goes to the heart of the exhibition content. Chen used "Repentant Monk" (Hui Seng) in seals and signature for a short period of time but his paintings reflected his personal state of mind throughout his later period. His withdrawal from society and adoption of this name make public both his disappointment with the Ming as well as his own regret at surviving and carrying on into the new Qing dynasty rather than following other loyalists to death by their own hands. The exhibition will include work from major museums worldwide and includes strategic loans such as Elegant Gathering (1646-47) from the Shanghai Museum, Scenes from the Life of Tao Yuanming (1650) from the Honolulu Museum of Art, and The Mountain of Five Cataracts (1624) from The Cleveland Museum of Art. The catalogue includes an introduction by exhibition curator Julia M. White with essays by Tamara Bentley, Shi-yee Liu, Richard Vinograd, Hiromitsu Kobayashi, and Patricia Berger. Transcriptions and translations are compiled by Julia Jaw.

Published in association with The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA).

Exhibition dates:
October 25, 2017-January 28, 2018
Rubens A&i
Rubens A&i
Paperback      ISBN: 0714834122

A lively, original study of the work of Peter Paul Rubens.

Salvator Rosa: His Life and Times
Salvator Rosa
His Life and Times
Hardcover      ISBN: 0300064160

Salvator Rosa was not only an artist, but also a musician, a comic actor and a poet. This study examines Rosa's art, his life and his opinions set against the background of the creative activity of 17th-century Italy. All aspects of his artistic output are discussed and illustrated.

Velazquez: Catalogue Raisonne - Samtliche Gemalde
Velazquez
Catalogue Raisonne - Samtliche Gemalde
Hardcover      ISBN: 3822886572

2 volumes in slipcase. Books and DJs are in pristine condition. Minor wear to head and tail of slipcase.