Be still my heart, the Denver Art Museum has now unveiled a jewel
permanent collection on loan from a private collection: a self-portrait of a 22-year-old Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn. The work is on loan to the museum from a private collection. It goes on view this week and be on display through Nov. 30. The museum press office says the work was obtained through a connection made by one of the museum curators and the collector.
Back in the day, I couldn't understand why Rembrandt was and is so revered. But then I saw some of his paintings in person and everything changed. I swiftly realized that few artists have handled light and human expression as masterfully as Rembrandt (and fellow Dutch master Vermeer).
Anyway, you can get a good look at the painting, Rembrandt Laughing, with the help of DAM curator Timothy Standring at noon Thursday, Sept. 2, when Standring will give a presentation on the piece, covering "its creation in 1628 by a 22-year-old Rembrandt, through its long period of hiding, to its rediscovery at an auction and subsequent journey to the DAM."
The talk is free with museum general admission (although I would spring for King Tut tickets while you're there).
For more on the event, read here.