N.W.BOYER…Christian Author

The Power of Art…Rembrandt

Rembrandt as young man 1629-1631

Detail of Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, 1629-1631, by Rembrandt van Rijn. (Courtesy Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool)

 

The life of Rembrandt could be a portrait of anyone…anywhere.  The difference being that he was a genius as a painter.  Rembrandt had to go against the political scene with his art.  He had to stay true to his own interpretations of how to paint, which made him different from many of the artists of his time.  Difficulties forged into his life as a young man, who at one point painted while having to take care of a one year old child.  His indiscretions and artistic interpretations of the powerful brought him much controversy.  Bankruptcy and financial problems also loomed large.  Would he not be astounded at the auction prices for any of his works?  As we know, his students also copied his works which eventually ended up on the auction block as Rembrandt originals, selling for millions.  Today’s technology has opened up the ability to determine which paintings were truly those of the artist.

 

Rembrandt Portrait Expected To Fetch £25 At Auction

Rembrandt’s “Portrait of a man, half-length, with his arms akimbo” is brought into the auction room by Christie’s employees before selling for 18 million pounds ($29.59 million) at Christie’s auction house in London December 8, 2009. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Nevertheless, take one look at his portraits and you see a person who understood, sometimes with humor, the inward thinking of a person…their real personalities. At times, he would paint a self portrait practically hidden in a painting.  His ability to cast light and shadow made his works spectacular to put it mildly.

One of the best videos that I have found on Rembrandt and his life in Amsterdam along with the critiques of his most noted paintings is by the BBC  British Collections.  On this day, while keeping your distance and staying put from the Pandemic, perhaps you would enjoy, as did I, this special presentation.   N.Boyer

Video:   The Power of Art   Turn Up Sound

 

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