virtual views: rembrandt


Explore the art and life of the leading portraitist, the Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn, through a variety of virtual + online resources from the world’s leading museums.

Rembrandt: The power of his self portraits

Freelance lecturer James Heard talks you through Rembrandt’s illustrious and prolific career, from the successes of his early years in Amsterdam, to his later bankruptcy and the power of his self-portraits.

Rembrandt Database

The Rembrandt Database is an international collaboration between museums, researcher institutions and scholars providing an online resource for research, information and documentation on paintings by Rembrandt or attributed to him, either now or in the past. Access it here.

Rembrandt Reality

The Mauritshuis and Nationale-Nederlanden have brought one of Rembrandt’s most famous paintings, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp of 1632, to virtual life in the historic location of the Waag (Weigh House) in the heart of Amsterdam.  Learn more here.

Rembrandt in SoCal

Rembrandt in Southern California is a virtual exhibition of paintings by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (Dutch, 1606–1669) on view in Southern California museums. This collaborative presentation offers a unique guide to exploring these significant holdings and provides information, suggested connections, and points of comparison for each work. Check it out here.

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Acquisition of #Rembrandt’s ‘Standard Bearer’ by Dutch State has been officially agreed by the Rothschild heirs for €175 million.

The presumed self-portrait from 1636 probably served to convince the Amsterdam militiamen to order a ‘Schuttersstuk’; a prestigious commission for a 17th-century artist.

About four years after ‘Standard Bearer’, Rembrandt was indeed given such a commission: ‘The #Nightwatch’ (completed in 1642). As a prelude to that now world-famous group portrait, ‘Standard Bearer’ has an important place in Rembrandt's oeuvre.

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Monks in a Monastery Courtyard, Storm over a Lake in the Background by Franz Ludwig Catel (German, 1778–1856)  

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Rembrandt, Vermeer & Style

Met Curator Walter Liedtke explores the curious similarities and interplay between the style of Rembrandt + Vermeer, leading seventeenth-century painters, and the inherited, or shared, schemes of “picture making” in their work. This first of two lectures focuses on Rembrandt.

Virtual Reconstruction: Leiden

but based on scientific research, Building historians working for Heritage Leiden have cooperated intensively with a historical reconstruction artist to virtually recreate the house where Rembrandt was born. Take a virtual tour here.

Virtual Tour: Rijksmuseum

Explore the world famous collection of the Rijksmuseum, including the works of Ruisdael, Vermeer, van Gogh and, of course, Rembrandt (plenty of non-Dutch artists on view as well!)

Link to Virtual Tour on Google Arts & Culture

Operation Night Watch

The largest research and conservation project ever for ‘The Night Watch’ has started. This is happening live in the museum and you can see it here.

Rembrandt Today

Lecture series by John Walsh at the Yale Art Gallery exploring Rembrandt’s life and career, one painting at a time.

The Rembrandt Story

Key works, biography and important ideas related to the mesmerizing art and career (with all its ups and downs) of the insightful portraitist on The Art Story

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De Nachtwacht (the Night Watch) is undoubtedly one of the most famous paintings of all time. Painted by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn in 1642, few of us know that through the years this masterpiece has been the victim of conscious modification and brutal vandalism quite some times.

Its first alteration occurred in 1715, when the painting was moved to the town hall of Amsterdam. Upon arrival, the painting turned out not to fit the designated spot. So it got trimmed on all four sides. The pieces that were cut off were never recovered. Nearly two hundred years later, in 1911, an unemployed ship’s cook hacked into the painting with a shoemakers knife. He ended up only damaging the varnish layer (top-protection coat). A second attack took place in september 1975, when an unemployed schoolteacher who suffered from mental illness slashed the painting with a bread knife. In later statements he claimed to have acted “in the name of the lord”. Having caused twelve deep cuts, the painting was severely damaged and restorations took about a year. A third attempt took place in 1990, when a man sprayed the canvas with hydrochloric acid. Prompt intervention with purified water by an attendant prevented serious damage. Again only the varnish layer was affected.

Why this painting has repeatedly been the subject of vandalism remains a tough nut to crack. According to Dutch art historian Henk van Os the fact that the painting has become sort of a Dutch national symbol, and thus is of great cultural value for the Netherlands, has unfortunately made it an attractive object for vandalism.

For more info check: Rijksmuseum, beleef de nachtwacht.
© Photo: Rob Bogaerts / Collection Anefo The Night Watch after being stabbed 12 times with a bread knife (15 september 1975) National archives.

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Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum recently reconstructed missing pieces of Rembrandt's "Night Watch" painting using #ArtificialIntelligence and we couldn't be more excited about it. Visiting Amsterdam soon?
Join us on a 2.5-hour #RijksmuseumTour with skip-the-line tickets and explore the treasures in one of the world’s greatest museums with an expert in art history. 🔗 #LearnWithContext with the link in bio.

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Smarthistory: The Night Watch

Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker of Smarthistory discuss the history and iconography of Rembrandt’s Night Watch.