Rembrandt certainly remains the most famous of seventeenth-century Dutch painters. Dutch fellow painter Vincent van Gogh wrote of Rembrandt: “Rembrandt goes so deep into the mysterious that he says things for which there are no words in any language. It is with justice that they call Rembrandt—magician—that’s no easy occupation.”
Phaidon have recently revived their collection of luxurious Masters’ monographs and reissued hardbacks for the first few of the Classic Series including Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Raphael. These are very elegant, comprehensive, large-scale books presenting the artist’s self-portraits on a black and white cover, classy orange pages and fantastic encyclopedic content.
While the Van Gogh volume features an introduction by art critic collector and dealer Wilhelm Uhde alongside vibrant reproductions of the tortured artist’s most iconic artworks (including The Starry Night), the Rembrandt collector’s edition features a perfect-quality selection of paintings made by Phaidon co-founder Ludwig Goldscheider for the original 1942 edition, including masterpiece The Nightwatch, on view today at the Rijskmuseum.
A new introduction by Metropolitan Museum of Art curator of European Paintings and a specialist in Dutch and Flemish paintings Walter Liedtke puts Rembrandt’s works into modern context and updates the classic essay by art historian Tancred Borenius.