Thursday, September 22, 2016

Rembrandt's Four Earliest Paintings Reunited for the First Time

By Nina Siegal
Rembrandt’s work on the sense of touch. Credit The Leiden Collection, New York
NETHERLANDS -- For the first time, the four paintings still known to exist from Rembrandt’s series depicting the five senses are being displayed together. The works, completed when he was still in his teens, are presented in the exhibition “Sensation: Rembrandt’s First Paintings,” on view at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, until Nov. 27. Created from 1624 to 1625, while Rembrandt was living there, these early paintings fit into a tradition of northern European genre painting. They sometimes play on the double meaning of the word for the sense that each depicts. [link]
Curator of Dutch Art, An Van Camp looks at the four Rembrandts © Ian Wallman, 2016.