Friday, May 12, 2017

NYC's Frick Collection Exhibition presents look at Rembrandt's depictions of the Biblical Story

Rembrandt van Rijn, "Abraham Entertaining the Angels," 1646, oil on oak panel, 6 3/8 x 8 3/8 inches, private collection; image courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
In the summer of 2017, The Frick Collection will present Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn’s "Abraham Entertaining the Angels" of 1646. Beginning in the late 1630s and increasingly through the 1640s, Rembrandt shifted away from the dynamic movement of his earlier work towards imagery characterized by stillness and calm. These are the defining qualities of "Abraham Entertaining the Angels," all within a panel measuring fewer than nine inches wide. Depictions of stories from the Old Testament were highly popular in the predominantly Calvinist society of the Dutch Republic with its prohibition against corporeal representations of God. [More]

The Frick Collection: "Divine Encounter: Rembrandt’s Abraham and the Angels" (May 30, 2017, through August 20, 2017); 1 East 70th Street, New York, NY; 212.288.0700;