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December 13, 2011

Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus

Rembrandt's Amsterdam [video]
© Detroit Institute of Arts, 2011
Source: Detroit Institute of Arts website

The latest exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus, aims at presenting the two big names of Jesus and Rembrandt together in a whole new way. The main question posed by the exhibition asks: How did Rembrandt revolutionize the religious traditions surrounding the depiction of Jesus within his art? Part of the answer is found in the living models Rembrandt used for his depictions, including his Jewish neighbors, rather than painting an idealized human figure. This adds another layer to the exhibit, which examines Rembrandt’s own fascination and curiosity for the Jewish culture in the Netherlands expressed in his works. Overall it is an impressive presentation with plenty of spectacular examples of Rembrandt’s paintings and drawings and plenty for everyone to check out before the end of the show on February 12, 2012.

Posted by rmassare at December 13, 2011 10:00 AM


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