Rembrandt research after the age of connoisseurship

An extended critique of the Rembrandt Research Project and of connoisseurship in general. Published in the last issue of the short-lived journal Annals of Scholarship. The issue is dated 1993, but the sickness and death of the editor, Ruth Graham, led to a delay in publication until 1995.


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302 Did Rembrandt really not use drawings for his paintings and etchings?

Prevailing opinion has it that Rembrandt drew far fewer drawings than the 1500 in the standard catalogue of Otto Benesch, and that he almost never used drawings to prepare his compositions. Schwartz posits the opposite: that Rembrandt drew far more than 1500 drawings and that it was his normal practice to use drawings – most of them now lost – in the preparation of his etchings and paintings. Continue reading “302 Did Rembrandt really not use drawings for his paintings and etchings?”

301 2 Core list of Rembrandt drawings:
with inscriptions in Rembrandt’s handwriting other than a signature

21 drawings with inscriptions by Rembrandt of which his authorship of the drawing itself is accepted
2 drawings with inscriptions by Rembrandt of which his authorship of the drawing itself may be doubted
1 drawing with an inscription by Rembrandt that he did not draw

 

For an explanation of the nature of this list, see Schwartzlist 301


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