Rembrandt’s People at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

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HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT — Seven of Rembrandt’s most expressive portraits are on view in a new exhibition, entitled Rembrandt’s People, at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. The exhibition features Rembrandt’s powerful figure paintings, which are hailed as his greatest artistic achievement. The show will bring the first authentic Rembrandt paintings to Hartford in almost 70 years. The exhibition will showcase works from throughout the artist’s career, including his iconic Self Portrait from 1659.

Rembrandt van Rijn. Self Portrait, 1659.

Rembrandt’s People will feature nine paintings, encouraging visitors to look closely at Rembrandt’s most expressive portraits. Each painting in the exhibition has its own significance, but particularly outstanding is Rembrandt’s powerful Self Portrait, which he painted at age fifty-three. In addition to the self portrait, Rembrandt’s People will present a range of iconic portraits including Rembrandt’s depiction of a humble young Jewish man (ca. 1663) and the well-dressed Lady with a Lap Dog (ca. 1662).

The Wadsworth’s own connection to Rembrandt has been elusive and debate over the authenticity of “Rembrandt” paintings continues within the art world. Included in the exhibition are two portrait paintings originally acquired by the Wadsworth as Rembrandts, but both attributed by later research to the “School of Rembrandt.” The exhibition of these two paintings along side their authentic counterparts will enable visitors to make direct comparisons between Rembrandt’s own work and that of his studio.

Rembrandt’s People is now on view through January 24, 2010.

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