The Review-Rembrant’s Sakia van Uylenburgh

Hello and welcome to a Style Imitating Art roundup featuring all the wonderful interpretations that were sent to me this week.

I have gone through quite a time the past year trying to decide what I wanted to call my final wrap-up of all the submissions sent to me when it is my turn to host. Not that “The Roundup” isn’t fine, but for some reason, it just doesn’t particularly fit me. In December, I called it “Art Interpretations” but wasn’t happy with that one. I think “The Review” might be the one I’ve been hunting for.

With that out of the way, let’s get on with “The Review“.

What is Style Imitating Art?

Style Imitating Art is hosted by Salazar of 14 Shades of Grey, Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge, and me. Style Imitating Art challenges us to draw style inspiration from pieces of art. Every other Monday one of us selects an inspiration image and we each post the image on our blogs. The following Monday we share our art-inspired outfits. The following Wednesday, the curator shares all of the submissions on her blog. This is that Wednesday for me!

This Week’s Inspirational Work

For my first presentation for 2022, I wanted something that oozed richness and layers of textures. I found exactly what I was looking for in Rembrandt’s Saskia Van Uylenburgh. From, “The Golden Age of Dutch Art” (painted during 1633-34), this is a gorgeous portrait that is full of fashion history (and not particularly for Rembant’s current time).

Let’s Get to the Review!

I list these in the order that I received them.

First up is Sally from Within a World of My Own

Sally focused on a color scheme of black and burgundy, the texture of velvet, and layered jewelry with pearls, chains, and multiple metals. I love that black velvet vest (sort of has a 17th century vibe) and Sally’s mix of jewelry is so cool!

Next, is Suzy of The Grey Brunette

Suzy loved the deep reds and browns in the painting, but I struggled a bit because she doesn’t actually have many items of clothing in these shades. What she put together is great and I love her poncho!

Reni, of Reni’s Odds and Sods is next.

Reni’s key piece is her brown velvet legginsg. The sweater, Chelsea boots and her quilted hat pick up the colours of the painting. She added some jewelry too. For outdoors, would throw over my camel coat. It can get cold around Cologne, Germany.

Last but not least is Marsha of Marsha in the Middle

Marsha’s Johnny Was embroidered velvet jacket and the Stella & Dot necklace areperfect! She also added her L’Artiste boots for some more bling.

And Now to the Co-Hosts

Salazar of 14 Shades of Grey

Salazar picked up the colors of the painting’s palette in her style and also added a feather brooch for the feathers on Saskia’s hat.

In her words, ‘For the colors, I chose my trusty maroon corduroy pants (plus, corduroy is kind of similar to velvet too – indeed, in Vietnamese, corduroy is called “striped velvet”) and burnt orange coat, and as a nod to the feather on her hat, I accessorized with my feathery brooch.”

I love that cordurory is called striped velvet!

Next, our new co-host, Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge

She has for her first co-host styling her new golden yellow velvet kimono with ta gold statement necklace. She went with shades of burgundy and lots of black to pick up on the dark colors and the serious mood of the portrait.

And finally me,

I went with two looks, both have some velvet in them and I also tried to stay within the color palette of the painting.

This wraps up this Review for this round of Style Imitating Art. I was wondering if stylists were going to use hats and did they! Thank you everyone for your wonderful intrepretation for my first outing in 2022.

There might be a book some of you would enjoy. It’s rather a schlolary affair, packed with the meaning of “dress” in Rembrant’s portraits. I found it online (it had to come from Britian) after we attended a gorgeous art show at the Nelson Atkins Museum of art, “Reflecting Class in the Age of Rembrant and Vermeer.” Although the museum had this book as a reference at the show, it was not for sale in their museum shop looking at the cover, you probably can see why I had to add it to my Fashion History library collection. I bought mine back in 2016 and didn’t spend that much. Now, it’s price tag is hefty (or at least, here in the IS). But look who is one the cover.

Here’s another (very reasonably priced used) book which looks great too. It would give insight into more paintings that just Rembrant and it has a very reasonable used price. The title is Celebrating in the Golden Age. I just might pick a used one up to check out the fashion.

That’s it. Take care, everyone and see you next week when Shelbee presents her first art work.

Stay creative (with this group, that’s an easy one)!

10 thoughts on “The Review-Rembrant’s Sakia van Uylenburgh

  1. Oh this review of all the interpretations is so great! I love all the rich colors and textures that everyone pulled out. And I really smiled at Salazar’s corduroy fact….that is called striped velvet! I need to check into these book references you shared, too. I am heading off to read the posts of anyone who shared them and then I will be sending you and Salazar my art work for the next one. I am so excited!


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    1. Hi, Shelbee, I went ahead and ordered the “Dutch Celebration” one from ABE books and can’t wait to get it. It cost me a total of $7. I’m looking forward to your first turn as co-host.


    1. Exactly, it is the vibe you can give off-such as velvet is velvet. No matter what color it is it says Dutch Lux. Picking just one element also works, such as picking up a color. This is a pretty loosely based challenge and we just work with what’s in our closets. Watch out Monday for Shelbee’s first hosting.


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