Dec 092007
Rembrandt: The Night Watch

Another masterpiece, which I have had the privilege to examine closely in the Rijkmuseum, Amsterdam. A brief historic review is available on Wikipedia and Britannica also offers a great and free article on the artist and this painting. A must read. Any review and interpretation would inevitably be trimmed, because so is the piece in […]

Dec 082007
Rembrandt: The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp

This painting is difficult to approach for its sheer complexity: both a group portrait and a theatrical scene cohere into a pictorial narrative of visual, scientific and historic significance. Wikipedia offers engaging insight on this painting, as well as on Dr. Tulp, a very well known persona of the time. In fact, probably every person […]

Dec 052007
Rembrandt: Bathsheba with King David's Letter

The woman’s face becomes an emotive center point: the slightly risen brow discloses surprise, the faint blush on her cheek reveals a measure of pleasure from being noticed by the king, the downcast eyes express humility and inevitable doom. When combined, these emotions synthesize into a sense of fate, along with recognition and acceptance of […]

Nov 292007
Rembrandt: Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph

Lets take a look at another Hebrew scene, this time from the old testament. Though another warm family event, also with strong religious overtones, this piece manifests a departure from the social cohesion demonstrated in “The Jewish Bride” (where I should have mentioned the ring fingers crossing). Namely, here the woman is being excluded from […]

Nov 272007
Rembrandt: The Jewish Bride

Rembrandt’s The Jewish Bride displays several features that critics generally recognize as typical of the artist’s domestic scenes: a display of genuine, candid emotion, an appreciation for intimacy, and an overall humanistic representation. A combination of these can be often found in Rembrandt’s paintings of his closest kin. The background is almost blank, showing only […]