(LA Trend) — The Hammer Museum of UCLA is proud to host this online lecture on the life and works of Rembrandt van Rijn, one of the greatest artists of all time. This lecture will be of particular interest to Angelenos, as Los Angeles just happens to be home to 14 paintings, a dozen drawings, and nearly 300 etchings by this prolific and important artist.
In “Rembrandt, Observer and Dramatist” audiences will be treated to an intimate look at Rembrandt’s career and work, and will learn about the recent research that has been done on his paintings, the various opinions about the artist and his achievements, and can even expect some surprise guest appearances.
Considered by many art scholars to be the most influential artist in Dutch art history, Rembrandt used scenes from Biblical and classical texts as the basis for paintings to make them more accessible to Dutch audiences. However, it isn’t just painting that Rembrandt is celebrated for; he made considerable contributions to the craft of printmaking, transforming the etching process from a mere reproductive technique into a legitimate art form.
This lecture will be conducted by renowned art historian, curator, and museum director John Walsh, who has served as the director of the prestigious J. Paul Getty Museum from 1983–2000 and has worked in curatorial capacities at the Frick Collection and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Hammer Museum.
“Rembrandt, Observer and Dramatist” is free and open to the public, and will be recorded to be made available soon after the program.