Study day: 'Rembrandt: The Late Works'

This study day was held at the National Gallery on 19 November 2014

The study day is part of the Subject Specialist Network: European Paintings pre-1900.

Summary

The Study Day was based around the Gallery’s current exhibition in the Sainsbury Wing, Rembrandt: The Late Works. Delegates were able to visit the exhibition as part of the day’s activities.

There were five speakers: Betsy Wieseman, Curator of Dutch and Flemish Paintings at the National Gallery. As curator of the exhibition, she gave an outline of the contents of the show. An Van Camp, Curator of Dutch and Flemish Drawings at the British Museum discussed Rembrandt’s prints and drawings in the exhibition and their technique. Christopher Brown, Director Emeritus of the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford talked about the painting of ‘Catrina Hooghsaet’ and the background to its creation.

Tico Seifert, Senior Curator (Northern European Art) at the National Galleries of Scotland discussed his plans for an exhibition about Rembrandt’s reception and fame throughout the centuries. Philippa Stephenson, Curator of European Paintings at Glasgow Museum explained that the National Gallery’s Saskia is on display in Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow while their painting of ‘Man in Armour’ is shown in the current exhibition. She outlined some discussions and disputes about the history of this painting.

Image above: Detail from Rembrandt, 'A Man in Armour (Alexander the Great?)', 1655 © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection