Host: The National Gallery Date: April 11th
The Dutch 17th century was a period of immense creativity in the field of art, with ever increasing numbers of painters producing works for a burgeoning art market. A new middle class, with a taste for paintings and beautiful objects, and a background in commerce, began to commission and collect portraits, still lifes, and landscapes to decorate their homes.
Amidst this vibrant activity the figure of Rembrandt van Rijn stands above all others.
Not only a master painter, Rembrandt was also a genius printmaker and highly accomplished draughtsman. The range of his work was enormous; from grand group portraits, such as 'The Night Watch' (1642, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), and formal depictions of Amsterdam’s wealthy merchants, to intimate pictures of his family; from paintings of biblical subjects to a series of telling self portraits that act as a revealing autobiography.
Our detailed knowledge of Rembrandt’s life story – early success, financial troubles, widowerhood and loss of children – make the richness of his painted legacy even more compelling.
This talk explores his life and work against the background of Amsterdam's wealth and prosperity.
Apr 11 - Apr 11 2024