Title: Rembrandt’s Eyes
Author: Schama, Simon
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York
Publication Date: 1999
Edition: First Edition
Book Condition: NF
Comments: No d-j issued. Negligible shelf wear.
Synopsis: Rembrandt’s Eyes, about which Simon Schama has been thinking for more than twenty years, shows that the true biography of Rembrandt is to be discovered in his pictures. Through a succession of descriptions and interpretations of Rembrandt’s paintings threaded into this narrative, he allows us to see Rembrandt’s life clearly and to think about it afresh. Rembrandt’s Eyes shows us why Rembrandt is such a thrilling painter, so revolutionary in his art, so penetrating of the hearts of those who have looked for three hundred years at his pictures. Above all, Schama’s understanding of Rembrandt’s mind and the dynamic of his life allows him to re-create Rembrandt’s life on the page. / Simon Schama was born in London in 1945, and since 1966 has taught history at Cambridge, Oxford, and Harvard Universities. He is now University Professor at Columbia University. Besides his work as a regular essayist and critic for The New Yorker, he is the prizewinning author of Patriots and Liberators, The Two Rothschilds and the Land of Israel, The Embarrassment of Riches, Citizens, Dead Certainties (Unwarranted Speculations), and Landscape and Memory. He is also the writer-presenter of historical and art-historical documentaries for BBC television. He lives outside New York City with his wife and two children. –