Rembrandt: All the Etchings Reproduced in True Size - AnonLondon: Oresko Books, 1977, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: Black & white plates; 2-column text; Plates in folder to the rear pastedown ;
From the cover: “As important as Rembrandt’s paintings are, it was as an etcher that the great Dutch master most palpably changed the course of art history. Experimenting simultaneously with the technical and formal possibilities of the relatively young art of etching, Rembrandt arrived at solutions that no etcher after him could ignore. The 289 plates that make up the corpus of his etchings have been the focus of study and collection since they came into being. Covering the categories of self portraiture, Biblical subjects, saints, allegory and fantasy, beggar studies, erotica and the nude, landscape and portraiture, Rembrandt’s etchings may be said to be the most majestic body of work in the history of the graphic arts.
This edition is exceptional in two respects: it is the first complete publication of the etchings in our century to reproduce all the prints in their true size, and it offers for the very first time a set of reproductions made (with a few exceptions) not from photographs but from the originals themselves. The importance of studying the etchings in full-scale rather than reduced reproductions will be apparent to anyone who opens the outsize sheets appended to this volume and compares them to the reduced illustrations of the same works in the pages of the book. The gain in quality achieved by making the reproductions from originals rather than photographs may be less striking, but it made it possible to reproduce the etchings with next to no correction of the litho films and to achieve, with the simplest of means and at a very reasonable price, a standard of quality that could never be attained from even the best photographs, which always depart from the original in some way, if only in size, texture and the fineness of the finest lines.
It is hoped that the reproductions in this book will bring us closer to the true appearance of Rembrandt’s graphic work.”