My first museum stop in London two weeks ago was to see REMBRANDT: THE LATE WORKS, at the National Gallery. It is a show that everyone should see, 90 masterpieces.
On my way to the National Gallery, London scene
Outside of the National Gallery, at Trafalgar Square
Schoolgirls in entryway of museum waiting to see exhibit
All 90 works (40 paintings, 20 drawings, 30 prints) are from the 15 final years of Rembrandt’s life. The show was brought together in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, where I have seen these works over the years. The one that always comes to mind and is stunningly presented here is the enormous “The Syndics of the Drapers’ Guild”, six burghers in large black hats looking out at us. The painting draws you in with its darkness and haunting portraiture.
The one I really love is THE JEWISH BRIDE, magnificent.
The show is up until January 15, 2015.
Please read a review in THE TELEGRAPH, UK, October 13, 2014 by Mark Hudson
Photo: People’s Daily Online/Bai Tianxing