Thursday 21 January 2016 at 8pm

Rembrandt: Bohemian or Businessman, Romantic or Rebel

Lecturer: Jane Choy
Location: DESY Auditorium

Lecture Summary

Self-portrait, 1630

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Google Art Project, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm

Rembrandt is considered by many to be Holland’s greatest artist and the equal of Mozart, Shakespeare and Michelangelo. Unlike van Gogh, the other great Dutch artist, Rembrandt has not left much written material explaining his views on art, but what he has left is a unique visual autobiography in his self-portraits which he did from the age of 20 to 63, the year of his death. This lecture will use the self-portraits as a thread through his life and with his other masterpieces explore the man and what, why, and how he painted. Was he indeed a businessman or bohemian, rebel or romantic?

Biography of Lecturer

Jane Choy was born and grew up in Massachusetts. Before coming to Holland where she now lives she worked for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris. She received a B.Sc from Salem State University and a Master of Education from Trinity College, Dublin Ireland. She has also studied at Leiden University
She gives tours and lectures on 17th Century Dutch Art for the Mauritshuis, Prince William V Gallery and Huygens Museum Hofwjck.
For many years she has been involved in promoting the arts by fulfilling various committee positions for DFAS The Hague and as Chairman of the NADFAS Societies of Mainland Europe.

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