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Divine EncounterRembrandt's Abraham and the Angels

Published by GILES in association with The Frick Collection, New York

Release — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 72 pages, 180 x 205 mm, (8 x 7 in)

Illustrations — 31 colour

Format — Hardback

Price — UKĀ£17.95 / US$24.95

ISBN — 978-1-911282-03-7

Press Release — One of Rembrandt’s rare masterpieces...

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Explores Rembrandt's unique approach to depicting the nature of divine encounter and the complexities of its representation.

A book for both art and biblical students, it helps readers understand what Rembrandt's influences and intentions were. 

Accompanies the exhibition Divine Encounter: Rembrandt’s Abraham and the Angels, organized by The Frick Collection and on view from May 30–August 20, 2017. 

About the Book

Rembrandt took an unusual and dramatic approach to Biblical subjects, exploring the nature of divine encounter and the complexities of its representation, making use of the viewer’s knowledge of the subject whilst finding ways to bring the familiar to life. 

This new volume brings together a rarely exhibited painting (from a private collection), presenting it alongside a selection of Rembrandt's treatments of other biblical episodes in which Abraham encounters God and his angels. Author Joanna Sheers Seidenstein examinines these works as a group and considers them in relation to theological and artistic debates of the period.

About the Author(s)

Joanna Sheers Seidenstein is the 2015–17 Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellow at The Frick Collection, New York. She is a doctoral candidate at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, where she is writing a dissertation on Rembrandt’s treatments of themes from classical antiquity. From 2009 to 2014, she held the Institute’s Kaplan-Fisch Fellowship in the Connoisseurship of European Paintings. At The Frick Collection, where she has worked since 2002 as a Curatorial and Research Assistant, she has contributed to such publications as Goya’s Last Works (2006), The Spanish Manner: Drawings from Ribera to Goya (2010), and Rembrandt and His School: Masterworks from the Frick and Lugt Collections(2011). In 2015, she organized the exhibition Landscape Drawings in The Frick Collection.