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Rembrandt's Mirror: a novel of the famous Dutch painter of 'The Night Watch' and the women who loved him

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    Kim Devereux(Author)

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Hendrickje, a girl from a strict Calvinist family, leaves her provincial home to find work as a housemaid. She enters Rembrandt's flourishing workshop five years after the death of the great artist's wife, an event that continues to haunt him. It is a house full of secrets and desires, and Hendrickje soon witnesses a sexual encounter between Rembrandt and Geertje, his implacable housekeeper. She is shocked to the core by their intense carnality and yet, slowly, she is drawn to Rembrandt by the freshness with which he perceives the world and the special freedom he seems to possess.

Rembrandt is a man of dark corners, strange passions and a ruthlessness born from his need to put his art first. An involvement with him could be her ruin or her liberty.

Rembrandt's Mirror explores the three women of Rembrandt's life, and the towering passions of the artist, seen through the eyes of his last great love, Hendrickje.

Laced with painterly description and art theory ... a powerful and compelling story. --Sunday Telegraph The relationship between the painter and the young servant develops into a moving affirmation of the importance of love in the face of the mortality that Rembrandt reflects in his art. --Sunday TimesThis commendable debut does for Rembrandt what Girl With A Pearl Earring did for Vermeer. --Mail on SundayA vision of what it means to live, to love and to be mortal - its warmth, intensity and intimacy stays with me still. --Samantha HarveyCharacters are fully drawn and empathetic and Devereux uses words like watercolours - her descriptions are vital and give the book an authenticity that transports the reader back to the 1600s. --Buzz Magazine

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  • PDF | 400 pages
  • Kim Devereux(Author)
  • Atlantic Books; Main edition (6 Aug. 2015)
  • English
  • 8
  • Romance

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  • By Book58 on 8 September 2017

    This is a very impressive novel. It is well written, intelligent and thoroughly researched. It does a wonderful job of depicting what life would have been like in 17th century Holland and provides an uncompromising and credible picture of Rembrandt as both a human being and an artistic genius.In particular, Devereux takes the reader into the complexity of Rembrandt's various relationships and gives one a sense how they may have impacted his art. A number of scenes are beautifully done and very moving, eliciting feelings similar to those one gets when looking at one of Rembrandt's own paintings or drawings. Strongly recommended for anyone interested in Rembrandt, his art, or his time.

  • By Emily 7 on 5 September 2017

    A beautiful book full of art, great characters and a page turning story line. It renewed my interest in Rembrandt and made me desperate to visit Holland. Clever, insightful and profound.

  • By John Jones on 11 August 2015

    It’s not the kind of book I’d normally read but I absolutely loved it. If you've ever been remotely interested in the ways flesh and blood humans (the book achieves the not inconsiderable feat of allowing you to see Rembrandt as one) muddle their way through the enormous difficulty and joy of sharing their lives with other humans, this book will reward your time. The author skilfully guides you through the professional and personal lives of Rembrandt and his lover, weaving historical detail into the narrative in a deft and unobtrusive manner, always keeping the focus on the human interactions and the emotional dynamics underlying them.The plot is gripping. I was afraid a "period piece" like this might be overwritten but instead the language is understated and rooted in the reality of that world, giving the lyrical passages when they come even more power.It's that rare thing these days, an intelligently passionate book. Five stars.

  • By Gillian eve on 11 August 2015

    Such intelligent, yet beautiful writing - an economy of well-chosen words, like painterly strokes on the page, evoke feelings and images that will stay with me.Definitely one to share with my book club.

  • By David BARROW on 6 August 2015

    Very entertaining a well researched and well written book. Definitely worth a read.

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