Rubens in Holland, Rembrandt in Flanders
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Rubens in Holland, Rembrandt in Flanders

(Gary Schwartz) The Low Countries - 2018, № 26, pp. 70-77

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In 1627, when Rubens visited the Republic, Rembrandt was poised to hit his stride in The Hague as a well-paid painter for the Rubens-loving court of Frederik Hendrik. Rubens was the man to beat in Netherlandish art, and Rembrandt set out to emulate if not to surpass him. As Simon Schama wrote in his brilliant disquisition on the two masters: ‘Rembrandt … could not quite leave off wanting to be Rubens.’

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