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Rembrandt: Close-up on a Master

All-Day Program

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Code: 1H0460

Self-Portrait, 1659, Rembrandt van Rijn

The 17th-century Dutch painter and printmaker Rembrandt van Rijn is widely regarded as one of the great innovators in Western art. Though best known for his psychologically revealing self-portraits, he is also an acknowledged master of light and shadow, rich color, and luxuriant brushwork, qualities that would be emulated by generations of later artists.

Using high-resolution images that provide an uncommonly close look at Rembrandt’s paintings, art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine explores some of the most unique aspects of his artistic language. By investigating a range of works, including his self-portraits, his most successful public commission The Night Watch, and his depictions of characters from the Old Testament and classical history, she shares what makes Rembrandt truly a master of his art.

9:30–10:45 a.m.  Rembrandt’s Formation and Breakthrough

An overview of the development of Rembrandt’s style, from his first years in Leiden to his establishment in Amsterdam

11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.  Painting and Story-Telling

Rembrandt’s approach to history in paintings that tell stories, whether from the Bible or classical mythology.

12:15–1:15 p.m.  Lunch (participants provide their own)

1:15–2:15 p.m.  Rembrandt’s Loves: Portrayals of Women

A closer examination of of the most intimate of Rembrandt’s works, focusing on his relationships with two women, his wife Saskia vam Uylenburgh, and his long-term partner, Hendrickje Stoffels.

2:30–4 p.m.  The Self-Portrait as a Diary

One of the most remarkable facets of Rembrandt’s output are his self-portraits, which document how he looked—or how he decided to represent himself to the world—throughout his life.

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1 credit*

*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.

S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)