Rembrandt, Observer and Dramatist
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.
Rembrandt sought out scenes from Biblical and classical texts for pictures that would make them memorable for a Dutch audience. His eye and skilled hand enabled him to enrich his narratives with telling details. Walsh looks at how Rembrandt used composition, poses and gestures, and dramatic lighting to get to the heart of whatever story he paints.