Kwab (English)Ornament as Art in the Age of Rembrandt
- Kwab (Nederlands)
> Exhibition Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, 28 June – 16 September 2018
> This is the first comprehensive work focusing on Dutch arts and crafts during the Golden Age to appear in decades
The auricular style is one of the most important and remarkable Dutch contributions to the decorative arts in Europe. This book traces the history and meaning of the auricular style, with its fabulous, organic shapes, from the work of the goldsmith Paulus van Vianen at the court of Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor, in Prague to that of his brother Adam in Utrecht and Johannes Lutma in Amsterdam. Their masterpieces were admired as high art by Rembrandt and his pupils, who produced auricular designs themselves.
The fascinating story of this unique abstract decorative form is illustrated using silver and gold masterworks, design drawings and prints, paintings by Rembrandt, furnishings, and Cuir de Cordoue gold leather wall coverings. An organic style emerges that is particularly relevant to today’s design practices.
The author, Reinier Baarsen, is Senior Curator of European Furniture at the Rijksmuseum and Professor by special appointment of the History of the Decorative Arts at Leiden University.
ISBN 978-94-6208-428-5 | June 2018 | expected | Reinier Baarsen | design: Irma Boom | paperback | 22 x 28 cm | 304 pages | illustrated (350 full color) | in conjunction with: Rijksmuseum Amsterdam