Museums Organize Exhibition Devoted to Rembrandt’s Representation of Jesus


PHILADELPHIA, PA.- For Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669), the greatest painter, draftsman and printmaker of the Dutch Golden Age, the portrayal of biblical themes was a central preoccupation and one to which the artist introduced challenging innovations. The boldest of these came in mid-career, when Rembrandt introduced a radical shift in the treatment of Jesus, whose image had been based on conventions that had been in place for over a millennium. The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Musée du Louvre in Paris have organized Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus, an exhibition that examines this remarkable change through some 22 paintings, 17 drawings, and nine prints assembled from public and private collections in Europe and the United States. Included is a series