Gary Schwartz (art historian)

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Gary Schwartz (born 1940) is an American art historian, resident in the Netherlands, who is an authority on the art of Rembrandt and Dutch Golden Age painting and prints. In 2009 he received the Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation Prize for the Humanities. [1]

Rembrandt 17th-century Dutch painter and printmaker

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was a Dutch draughtsman, painter and printmaker. An innovative and prolific master in three media, he is generally considered one of the greatest visual artists in the history of art and the most important in Dutch art history. Unlike most Dutch masters of the 17th century, Rembrandt's works depict a wide range of style and subject matter, from portraits and self-portraits to landscapes, genre scenes, allegorical and historical scenes, biblical and mythological themes as well as animal studies. His contributions to art came in a period of great wealth and cultural achievement that historians call the Dutch Golden Age, when Dutch art, although in many ways antithetical to the Baroque style that dominated Europe, was extremely prolific and innovative, and gave rise to important new genres. Like many artists of the Dutch Golden Age, such as Jan Vermeer of Delft, Rembrandt was also an avid art collector and dealer.

Dutch Golden Age painting

Dutch Golden Age painting is the painting of the Dutch Golden Age, a period in Dutch history roughly spanning the 17th century, during and after the later part of the Eighty Years' War (1568–1648) for Dutch independence.


Schwartz was inspired to study art history after taking an introductory course under H.W. Janson. [2]

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  1. "Gary Schwartz". Dictionary of Art Historians. 1987-02-28. Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  2. Nicole Borgenicht. "Gary Schwartz : A Force for Good in Dutch Art" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  3. Snyder, James (1986-03-09). "Above All, He Pleased His Patrons". Retrieved 2016-02-18.

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