Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A gesture of Christian unity through art at the Vatican

By Josephine McKenna
Rembrandt’s etching on ivory laid paper, “Adam and Eve” (1638). (Image: Art Institute of Chicago)
ITALY---Visitors expect to see the works of Renaissance artists such as Raphael and Michelangelo in the Vatican Museums — but they may be surprised to find the paintings of Rembrandt, who is more associated with Protestant Europe. A new exhibit of the Dutch artist’s works is a first for the museums, which attract millions to see their treasures each year. Titled “Rembrandt in the Vatican: Images Between Heaven and Earth,” the show includes 53 artworks from the Zorn Museum in Sweden and the Kremer Collection in the Netherlands. The exhibition runs until Feb. 26. [link]
Detail from Rembrandt's The Three Crosses (1653).