An Odd Couple: the Ghost of Anslo's Wife

Harry Berger Jr.

in Manhood, Marriage, and Mischief

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780823225569
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240937 | DOI:
An Odd Couple: the Ghost of Anslo's Wife

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Riegl praises Rembrandt for the discipline with which he maintains the pattern of subordination that foregrounds the two officers and isolates them from the remainder of the company. Several commentators have noted resemblances between Cocq and the figure of Cornelis Claesz. Presumably the sitters collaborate with the painter in setting the visual scene, and presumably the painting reflects their efforts to control the final product, including, no doubt, requests for alteration of details that do not suit sitters. But although the painting itself may represent sitters' efforts to control it, there are indications that it challenges such efforts. Rembrandt's competition with the sitters brings out theirs with each other.

Keywords: Cocq; Cornelis Claesz; Rembrandt; competition; sitters; painting

Chapter.  1398 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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