Tomorrow is not only the Feast of St. Francis, it is also the anniversary of the death of Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn.
In remembrance of this master painter, we offer a list of the 10 best books on his life and work.
#2- Rembrandt’s Nose: Of Flesh and Spirit in the Master’s Portraits by Michael Taylor
Although Rembrandt is among the most important artists in western history, and perhaps our greatest draftsman, no one has ever, until now, been able to pinpoint exactly how it was that he so precisely and effortlessly captured the spiritual essence of his subjects. This insightful, sophisticated and yet accessible illustrated reading-format study, written by the preeminent scholar and translator Michael Taylor, will be as enlightening and delightful to Rembrandt scholars as to lay readers. Taylor looks at Rembrandt’s self-portraits, his society portraits, historical paintings and biblical scenes, and identifies how it was that the artist rendered his subjects so alive, so full of earthy, flesh-and-blood vitality–which all boils down to his treatment of the nose.