Rembrandt in 2006: splendeur et misère van een herdenkingsjaar


  • E. O. G. Haitsma Mulier



Art history, Rembrandt


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Rembrandt in 2006: splendeur et misère of a Year of Remembrance
The 400th anniversary of Rembrandt’s birth was celebrated with exhibitions and other activities. Compared to the previous celebration, the commercial aspects were strikingly evident. Various interpretations of Rembrandt’s work were presented; here they are considered from a historian’s point of view. To what extent did art historians incorporate historical aspects of Rembrandt’s life into their opinions? Many a book published on the occasion of an exhibition contained articles about art history but rarely a catalogue of the works on display. A few authors ventured to present historical interpretations, most of them marred by suggestiveness and/or faulty chronology. In more historically oriented publications efforts were made to present new facts. Did Rembrandt disclose his opinion on the religious quarrels in the United Provinces in his early paintings? Rembrandt’s presupposed intimate knowledge of Jews and Jewish life is now doubted. One thing is certain: the study of the clothes worn by those represented in Rembrandt’s works did lead to new findings about the artist’s intentions.


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Haitsma Mulier, E. O. G. (2008). Rembrandt in 2006: splendeur et misère van een herdenkingsjaar. BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review, 123(1), 113–134.



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