We took in the Rembrandt show at the Portland Art Museum a few weeks back—properly “Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art” (link). I had intended to blog a bit but other things got in the way and anyway, I somehow had the impression it was closing right away, so I let it slide.
Oops, my bad. Turns out the show it will be in
The premise is straightforward enough; the Rijksmuseum in
I also heard a bit of muttering to the effect that there isn’t a lot of Rembrandt and that’s probably a fair cop, but perhaps in a way, that is the point. Rembrandt is himself, heaven knows, but he is one of those artists who is a creature of his times: you can appreciate him better when you see him in the context of that explosion of creativity that suffused the Dutch art world in the 16th-17th Century. I suppose in a sense you could say this about almost any creative person, but some more than others: Shakespeare is surely a product of his times, but how, exactly, do you situate Cervantes?
So the particular virtue of the
Il Teatro Buce has just completed a showing of the genial and instructive lecture series on Dutch art by William Kloss (link). It’s a good complement to the