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Part of the series Rembrandt Here and Now

Rembrandt in the Mirror


In Los Angeles alone, there are no fewer than 14 paintings, a dozen drawings, and nearly 300 etchings by Rembrandt van Rijn. In this series of online lectures for the Hammer Museum, art historian, curator, and museum director John Walsh examines these works and Rembrandt’s career in detail, including recent research, surprise reappearances, and shifting opinions about the artist and his achievements.

Never before Rembrandt had an artist made so many self-portraits. He imagined himself with many different identities and outfitted himself with a large wardrobe of costumes he’d bought, many of them exotic or old-fashioned. This lecture considers the paintings, drawings, and etchings Rembrandt made of himself, and explores the artist’s motives in making them, as assumed or projected by interpreters during the intervening centuries.

Explore John Walsh's recommended reading list!
Please note that this event will be recorded. By attending, you grant the Hammer permission to use your image, statements, and actions in any medium or context without further authorization or compensation.
All public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from an anonymous donor. Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, the Elizabeth Bixby Janeway Foundation, The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation, an anonymous donor, and all Hammer members.
Readings are supported by GRoW @ Annenberg.
Digital presentation of Hammer public programs is made possible by The Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.
Hammer public programs are presented online in partnership with the #KeepThePromise campaign—a movement promoting social justice and human rights through the arts.