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Il segreto di Rembrandt
Author: Alex Connor
Publisher: Edizioni Mondadori
ISBN: 8852020659
Pages: 420
Year: 2011-09-27
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Owen Zeigler, un famoso gallerista londinese viene brutalmente ucciso. Era a conoscenza di un segreto in grado di gettare un'ombra sinistra sulla figura del grande pittore Rembrandt, un segreto che può avere effetti devastanti. Il figlio Marshall inizia a indagare.
The Caravaggio Conspiracy
Author: Alex Connor
Publisher: Quercus
ISBN: 162365369X
Pages: 480
Year: 2014-04-15
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When the bodies of twin brothers, both successful art dealers, are found stripped naked, necks bound with wire and legs obscenely contorted, their brutal murders are linked to the mysterious disappearance of two paintings by the master Caravaggio. Investigators are confounded and it falls to art expert Gil Eckhart to find the killer before he slays again. As the search for clues takes him from the glamorous skyline of New York to the fetid catacombs of Palermo, Sicily, Eckhart traces the horrific truth behind Caravaggioâ??s dark and bloody secrets, bringing them to life in the present, and finds that in the high-stakes world of art, good and evil are often tarred with the same, blood-soaked, brush.
Isle of the Dead
Author: Alex Connor
Publisher: Quercus
ISBN: 1623653703
Pages: 528
Year: 2014-04-15
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Fifteenth-century Venice is a dangerous time to be alive. A permanent winter has rolled in over the canals and bodies keep washing up on the banks of the city. Each victim has been skinned. In the present day, a famous portrait by Titian has been discovered. Its subject: the Fifteenth-century suspected murderer Angelico Vespucci, known as The Skin Hunter. Leading New York dealer, Triumph Jones, encourages the rumor that "when the portrait arises, so will the man." And when flayed bodies start turning up in Tokyo, London and Venice, it begins to look like more than just a superstition. Previously a location finder for the film industry, Nino Bergstrom has just recovered from a serious illness. As a favor to the friend who helped him, the dealer, Gasser Reni, he investigates the murder and flaying of Seraphina Morgan. In Venice he comes across Seraphinaâ??s louche husband and the flamboyant Johnny Ravenscourt, moving onto Tokyo where he encounters the Japanese dealer of the macabre, Jobo Kido. As the dealers vie to get their hands on the Titian portrait--some for its beauty, others for its notoriety as being the first portrait of a serial killer--each becomes a suspect. And then Nino makes the connection between the Fifteenth century murderer and his Twenty-first-century imitator. Each of the contemporary century victims had something in common with their Fifteenth-century counterpart. Further investigations lead Nino deeper into the depraved world of Angelico Vespucci, the original Skin Hunter. Then, after the deaths and mutilation of three women--on the anniversaries of Vespucciâ??s crimes â?? Nino realizes that the date for the fourth killing is due. He has to find the last victim and save her. And he has only ten days to do it.
Il cappello di Rembrandt
Author: Malamud Bernard
Publisher: Minimum Fax
ISBN: 8875217076
Pages: 211
Year: 2015-10-15
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Accanto ai suoi romanzi maggiori, Bernard Malamud ha sperimentato con successo la misura del racconto, in cui ha inscenato delle variazioni dei temi che gli sono cari: la fatica, la solitudine, la sconfitta, ma anche un’appassionata speranza di riscatto e di fede, accompagnata da una carica decantatrice di ironia e di humour. Ad esempio in «La corona d’argento» un insegnante che cerca di strappare il padre a una morte inevitabile si imbatte in un rabbino che gli offre come talismano una corona: tutto si vanifica attorno alla sua realtà fisica ed economica. E poi ancora un pittore che vuol diventare grande come Rembrandt e del maestro comincia a portare i cappelli; una giovane casalinga di periferia che sogna una vita da romanzo; un vedovo che insegue il desiderio di un giovane amore; un cavallo da circo che ragiona come un uomo; un ebreo russo che vuole affidare a tutti i costi i suoi racconti a uno sconosciuto affinché li porti all’estero... In ognuno dei racconti di Malamud c’è sempre i tentativo di dare concretezza a un desiderio impossibile: collocare la fantasia al di qua del regno del superfluo, per viverla come una delle dimensioni fondamentali dell’esistenza.
Il triangolo di Rembrandt
Author: Giacinta Caruso
Publisher: Kymaera Edizioni
ISBN: 8899056056
Pages:
Year: 2014-11-11
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Amsterdam, XVII secolo. Rembrandt van Rijn, all’apice della sua fama, trasloca nel quartiere più elegante delle città. È il pittore del momento: la nobiltà lo osanna, i ricchi borghesi fanno la fila alla sua porta per farsi ritrarre. Tutto sembra andare per il meglio, ma la morte di tre figli appena nati sconvolge la vita dell’artista e della moglie Saskia. Per il dolore la donna si ammala e trascorre quasi tutto il tempo a letto, assistita dall’infermiera Agneta Budde. Rimasta di nuovo incinta, Saskia mette al mondo Titus, che sfuggirà alla maledizione che grava sulla famiglia van Rijn. Ma la catena di lutti non è finita perché la donna, minata dalla tubercolosi, si spegne a soli trent’anni. Su consiglio di Agneta, il pittore prende una balia per Titus, la giovane vedova Geertje. Fra i due si accende una passione, destinata a durare poco perché Rembrandt s’invaghisce presto di Hendrickje, una governante appena assunta. Per qualche tempo l’artista e le sue amanti daranno vita a un insolito ménage a trois. Agneta intanto continua a seguire da lontano le vicende di casa van Rijn e a nascondere un inquietante segreto che finirà per influire sulla vita del pittore e delle sue donne.
Gli occhi di Rembrandt
Author: Simon Schama
Publisher:
ISBN: 8804676868
Pages: 976
Year: 2017-05-30
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Lo sguardo di Rembrandt
Author: Alois Riegl
Publisher: LIT EDIZIONI
ISBN: 8868264854
Pages: 160
Year: 2014-05-28T00:00:00+02:00
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Tra il XVI e il XVII secolo fiorisce in Olanda un genere pittorico particolare: il ritratto di gruppo. Nel tentativo di illustrare il carattere e lo sviluppo di questa forma d’arte, Alois Riegl riconosce in Rembrandt il suo interprete più sensibile e rigoroso. Grazie al principio di coerenza della rappresentazione, l’unità «esterna» o «interna », lo studioso austriaco riesce a svelare l’ingegnoso dispositivo finalizzato al coinvolgimento psicologico dello spettatore nello spazio virtuale del quadro, dimostrando che si fonda su un’idea non gerarchica di condivisione dello spazio sociale tipica del contesto olandese dell’epoca. Lo sguardo di Rembrandt raccoglie brani scelti dal monumentale Das holländische Gruppenporträt – ultimo grande lavoro di Riegl, inedito in Italia – per tracciare un profilo del genio di Leida attraverso la sua concezione del rapporto tra osservatore e opera.
Rembrandt's Jews
Author: Steven Nadler
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226567370
Pages: 250
Year: 2003-11-03
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There is a popular and romantic myth about Rembrandt and the Jewish people. One of history's greatest artists, we are often told, had a special affinity for Judaism. With so many of Rembrandt's works devoted to stories of the Hebrew Bible, and with his apparent penchant for Jewish themes and the sympathetic portrayal of Jewish faces, it is no wonder that the myth has endured for centuries. Rembrandt's Jews puts this myth to the test as it examines both the legend and the reality of Rembrandt's relationship to Jews and Judaism. In his elegantly written and engrossing tour of Jewish Amsterdam—which begins in 1653 as workers are repairing Rembrandt's Portuguese-Jewish neighbor's house and completely disrupting the artist's life and livelihood—Steven Nadler tells us the stories of the artist's portraits of Jewish sitters, of his mundane and often contentious dealings with his neighbors in the Jewish quarter of Amsterdam, and of the tolerant setting that city provided for Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jews fleeing persecution in other parts of Europe. As Nadler shows, Rembrandt was only one of a number of prominent seventeenth-century Dutch painters and draftsmen who found inspiration in Jewish subjects. Looking at other artists, such as the landscape painter Jacob van Ruisdael and Emmanuel de Witte, a celebrated painter of architectural interiors, Nadler is able to build a deep and complex account of the remarkable relationship between Dutch and Jewish cultures in the period, evidenced in the dispassionate, even ordinary ways in which Jews and their religion are represented—far from the demonization and grotesque caricatures, the iconography of the outsider, so often found in depictions of Jews during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Through his close look at paintings, etchings, and drawings; in his discussion of intellectual and social life during the Dutch Golden Age; and even through his own travels in pursuit of his subject, Nadler takes the reader through Jewish Amsterdam then and now—a trip that, under ever-threatening Dutch skies, is full of colorful and eccentric personalities, fiery debates, and magnificent art.
Benediction
Author: Kent Haruf
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307962156
Pages: 272
Year: 2013-02-26
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From the beloved and best-selling author of Plainsong and Eventide comes a story of life and death, and the ties that bind, once again set out on the High Plains in Holt, Colorado. When Dad Lewis is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he and his wife, Mary, must work together to make his final days as comfortable as possible. Their daughter, Lorraine, hastens back from Denver to help look after him; her devotion softens the bitter absence of their estranged son, Frank, but this cannot be willed away and remains a palpable presence for all three of them. Next door, a young girl named Alice moves in with her grandmother and contends with the painful memories that Dad's condition stirs up of her own mother's death. Meanwhile, the town’s newly arrived preacher attempts to mend his strained relationships with his wife and teenaged son, a task that proves all the more challenging when he faces the disdain of his congregation after offering more than they are accustomed to getting on a Sunday morning. And throughout, an elderly widow and her middle-aged daughter do everything they can to ease the pain of their friends and neighbors. Despite the travails that each of these families faces, together they form bonds strong enough to carry them through the most difficult of times. Bracing, sad and deeply illuminating, Benediction captures the fullness of life by representing every stage of it, including its extinction, as well as the hopes and dreams that sustain us along the way. Here Kent Haruf gives us his most indelible portrait yet of this small town and reveals, with grace and insight, the compassion, the suffering and, above all, the humanity of its inhabitants.
Nel segno di Rembrandt
Author: Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
Publisher:
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Pages: 189
Year: 1999
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The Power of Art
Author: Simon Schama
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061176109
Pages: 448
Year: 2006-11-07
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"Great art has dreadful manners," Simon Schama observes wryly at the start of his epic and explosive exploration of the power, and whole point, of art. "The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you into believing masterpieces are polite things; visions that soothe, charm and beguile, but actually they are thugs. Merciless and wily, the greatest paintings grab you in a headlock, rough up your composure, and then proceed in short order to re-arrange your sense of reality. . . ." With the same disarming force, The Power of Art propels us on an eye-opening, breathtaking odyssey, zooming in on eight extraordinary masterpieces, from Caravaggio's David and Goliath to Picasso's Guernica. Jolting us far from the comfort zone of the hushed art gallery, Schama closes in on intense make-or-break turning points in the lives of eight great artists who, under extreme stress, created something unprecedented, altering the course of art forever. The embattled heroes—Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso and Rothko—each in his own resolute way, faced crisis with steadfast defiance, pitting passion and conviction against scorn and short-sightedness. The masterpieces they created challenged convention, shattered complacency, shifted awareness and changed the way we look at the world. With vivid storytelling and powerfully evocative descriptive passages, Schama explores the dynamic personalities of the artists and the spirit of the times they lived through, capturing the flamboyant theatre of bourgeois life in Amsterdam, the passion and paranoia of Revolutionary Paris, and the carnage and pathos of Civil War Spain. Most compelling of all, The Power of Art traces the extraordinary evolution of eight "eye-popping" world-class works of art. Created in a bolt of illumination, such works "tell us something about how the world is, how it is to be inside our skins, that no more prosaic source of wisdom can deliver. And when they do that, they answer, irrefutably and majestically, the nagging question of every reluctant art-conscript . . . 'OK, OK, but what's art really for?'"
Il Narciso di Rembrandt
Author: Marcella Cioni
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Pages: 181
Year: 1993
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La nave per Kobe
Author: Dacia Maraini
Publisher: Bur
ISBN: 8858626281
Pages: 200
Year: 2012-03-22
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Per la prima volta la scrittrice Dacia Maraini si sofferma a raccontarci del suo legame con la madre svelando aspetti della storia di famiglia ancora inediti e soprattutto interrogando gli anni di permanenza in Giappone prima e all'inizio della seconda guerra mondiale. Aiutata nel ricordo da alcuni diari tenuti in quegli anni dalla madre, la scrittrice ricostruisce in forma di racconto il suo rapporto con la madre, un rapporto solo apparentemente distratto dalla seduttiva bellezza del padre, ma nel tempo solidificatosi nel riconoscimento della sua forza coraggiosa e generosa.
The Animal Gazer
Author: Edgardo Franzosini
Publisher: New Vessel Press
ISBN: 1939931541
Pages:
Year: 2018-01-16
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A hypnotic novel inspired by the strange and fascinating life of sculptor Rembrandt Bugatti, brother of the fabled automaker. With World War I closing in and the Belle Époque teetering to a close, Bugatti leaves his native Milan for Paris, where he encounters Rodin and casts his bronzes at the same foundry used by the French master. In Paris and then Antwerp, he obsessively observes and sculpts the baboons, giraffes, and panthers in the municipal zoos, finding empathy with their plight and identifying with their life in captivity. As the Germans drop bombs over the Belgian city, the zoo authorities are forced to make a heart-wrenching decision about the fate of the caged animals, and Bugatti is stricken with grief from which he'll never recover. His own end follows suit shortly: he returns to Paris, and at the age of thirty-one, he is dead of suicide. Rembrandt Bugatti's work is now displayed in major art museums around the world and routinely fetches huge sums at auction. Edgardo Franzosini recreates the young artist's life with intense lyricism, passion, and sensitivity. Edgardo Franzosini, born in 1952, is the author of five novels. The Animal Gazer won two distinguished Italian literary awards in 2016, the Premio Comisso and the Premio Dessi.
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Year: 1888
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