Rembrandt's Mirror: a novel of the famous Dutch painter of `The Night Watch' and the women who loved him (Paperback)Kim Devereux (author)
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Longlisted for the Historical Writers Association debut novel award 2016.
Hendrickje, a young girl from a strict Calvinist family, leaves home to find work as a maid. Entering Rembrandt's flourishing and busy household after the death of the great artist's wife, she finds a world filled with secrets and desire.
Shocked to the core after discovering the intense relationship between Rembrandt and Geertje, his housekeeper, Hendrickje is nevertheless slowly drawn to Rembrandt by his freshness, by his freedom, by his intensity.
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.
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 298 g
Dimensions: 200 x 130 x 25 mm
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 Times *
An impressively detailed and emotional read. * Daily Mail *
Rembrandt's Mirror provides a powerful portrait of a genius * BBC History Magazine *
Characters 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 *
If you liked Tracy Chevalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring, I don't see how you can help liking this delightful novel about the Rembrandt household; fiction is a lovely way to imbibe the history of great art... A brilliant portrait of Rembrandt, and his women. * Saga Magazine *
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