Artifice and Illusion

The Art and Writing of Samuel van Hoogstraten

Celeste Brusati

Artifice and Illusion
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Celeste Brusati

428 pages | 16 color plates, 158 halftones | 6-1/4 x 9-1/2 | © 1995
Cloth $113.00 ISBN: 9780226077857 Published November 1995
Samuel van Hoogstraten is familiar to scholars of Dutch art as a talented pupil and early critic of Rembrandt, and as the author of a major Dutch painting treatise. In this book, Celeste Brusati looks at the art, writing, and career of this multi-faceted artist.

Analyzing van Hoogstraten's painting treatise, illusionistic pictures, ingenious perspective boxes, and witty trompe-l'oeil images, Brusati reveals the crucial role these endeavors played in the forging of van Hoogstraten's professional and social identity. Brusati looks at the historical circumstances of van Hoogstraten's career, which he fashioned from a convergence of Dutch cultural practices, family genealogy, and his considerable entrepreneurial acumen. She shows how Van Hoogstraten exploited the court patronage system to secure the worth of his work in the newer market culture of the Dutch Republic.

Brusati explores Van Hoogstraten's use of illusionistic artifice in his art and writing to shed new light on the much-disputed nature of Dutch "realism", and she discusses how a notion of "experimental artistry", which linked representational craft to the production of knowledge, informed Van Hoogstraten's many projects and framed the terms within which he and his colleagues understood artistic achievement during this period.
List of Illustrations
1: Career Paradigms and Critical Frameworks
2: The Making of a Dutch Painter-Poet
3: Self-Making and Self-Representation
4: Art as Self: Trompe l'Oeil
5: Self as Eye: The Perspective Box
6: The Academy of Painting and the Visible World
Selected Bibliography
Checklist of Paintings
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