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Friday exhib: A Rembrandt at the Met (and more)

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This week’s Friday exhibition spotlights the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s installation of a Rembrandt self-portrait from circa 1663-65. The Met has installed the painting, a loan from Kenwood House in Britain, near its own Rembrandt self-portrait. Here’s the pairing, along with a few of my favorites of the over 70 Rembrandt self-portraits. (Scholars put the number at around 40 paintings and 31 etchings.)

Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait, ca. 1663-1665. Collection English Heritage, The Iveagh Bequest (Kenwood), London.

Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait, 1660. Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait, ca. 1629. Collection of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait, circa 1636-38. Collection of the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, Calif.

Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait, 1659. Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait, 1669. Collection of the Mauritshuis, The Hague.

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  1. I went and saw the painting this weekend – it’s a pretty amazing painting. It is gestural and loose, while at the same time tight where the eye wants to settle for a bit. In particular the “hat” it’s maybe 15 brush strokes and nothing overly gentle about it’s paint handling. It’s really worth seeing if you can get to it.

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