Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) has long been considered one of the greatest artists in European history. His paintings have launched a thousand imitations and homages, including best-selling novels, a recent TV series, and even a handful of popular films. Now, for the first time, this lovely text by Émile Michel is paired with carefully curated selections from Rembrandt’s portfolio to illuminate the history and work of this celebrated master of light.
Émile Michel (1828-1909) was a painter, Dutch and Flemish art scholar, and honorary chairman of the University of Amsterdam. Michel’s early publication was a book on the German art museums in 1886. He became an Institute member in 1892 and an officer of the Légion d’Honneur in 1903. Michel was an early and astute critic of the art museum and an advocate for art history as an academic pursuit.
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