No. 4 Breestraat in Amsterdam is an imposing seventeenth-century house though at first glance it looks little different from many other big old houses in the city. Yet it deserves our attention, because for twenty years it was the home of Rembrandt - one of the greatest artists and master-painter of the Dutch golden age. This is the story of that house, the world Rembrandt observed in and around it and the special universe he created in his studio there.
In this unique and imaginative portrait, Anthony Bailey pieces together the events and circumstances which shaped Rembrandt's career - from his beginnings in Leiden and early apprenticeship to his marriage and personal relationships; his restless artistic energy, creative triumphs and, finally, his slow fall from fashion and descent into financial hardship, which forced him to sell his home.
With as many levels and hidden corners as the house Bailey describes, this is at once biography, travel writing and history of a golden cultural age.
Format: Paperback, 246 pages
Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 x 1.1cm
Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks