Chapter 1.

Chapter 2.

Chapter 3.

Chapter 4.

Chapter 5.

Chapter 6.

Chapter 7.

Chapter 8.

Chapter 9.

Chapter 10.

Chapter 11.


The Development of the Art Market in England:
Money as Muse, 1730–1900
Thomas M Bayer  and John R Page
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Christ Healing the Sick, 1647
Drypoint and Etching on Paper
15 ½ x 11 1/10 in
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn   (1606-1669)
Babylonian Marriage Market

“Dutch painter, draughtsman and etcher. From 1632 onwards he signed his works with only the forename Rembrandt, no doubt an imitation of the great Italians such as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian, on whom he modeled himself, sometimes literally. He certainly equaled them in fame, and not only in his own country. His name still symbolizes a whole period of art history rightfully known as “Holland’s Golden Age”. In 1970-71 a great exhibition in Paris was devoted to it under the eloquent title Le Siècle de Rembrandt. His fame is partially due to his multi-faceted talent. Rembrandt was not only a gifted painter but also an inspired graphic artist: he has probably never been surpassed as an etcher, and he often seems inimitable as a draughtsman. His subjects reflect his manifold talent and interest. He painted, drew and etched portraits, landscapes, figures and animals, but, above all, scenes of biblical and secular history and mythology. Contemporary critics ascribed the highest artistic value to his history paintings, as opposed to his portraits, which were regarded as a necessary evil.

Rembrandt combined theory and practice, inventing, for instance, a new kind of painting, the “tronie” or portrait head, a compromise between portraiture and history painting. Rembrandt executed about 400 paintings and over 1000 drawings. The number of his etchings can be somewhat accurately estimated at 290.”


(Biographical source: Turner, Jane, ed. The Dictionary of Art. New York: Macmillan Limited, 1996.)

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