Reputation and the Practice of Connoisseurship

Catherine Scallen

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Catherine Scallen

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416 pages | 61 halftones | 6-1/2 x 9-1/2 | © 2003
Cloth $66.00 ISBN: 9789053566251 Published May 2003 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
From 1870 to 1935, the first true catalogues raisonnés of Rembrandt's paintings were produced, incorporating the results of individual connoisseurs' evaluations of authenticity and quality. This book, the first full-length study of this scholarly corpus, concentrates on the written connoisseurship of Wilhelm von Bode, Abraham Bredius, Cornelis Hofstede de Groot, and Wilhelm Valentiner, whose articles and catalogues first shaped the modern conception of Rembrandt as a painter. In addition to analyzing their written work, Scallen addresses the social context of their connoisseurial practices, as shaped by their museum careers and their relationships with dealers and collectors.
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Chapter 1. The Rise of a New Art Historian: Wilhelm Bode and the Beginnings of Modern Rembrandt Connoisseurship
Chapter 2. Wilhelm Bode's and Giovanni Morelli's Debates about Connoisseurship
Chapter 3. Who is Rembrandt?: Bode and His Protégés in Rembrandt Studies
Chapter 4. The Rembrandt Decade
Chapter 5. Rembrandt in America
Chapter 6. The Contest for Authority
Chapter 7. Rembrandt: Rediscovered Paintings and the Debate over Method
Chapter 8. Van Dyke and Rembrandt
Chapter 9. The End of an Era
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