Visited the Rembrandt exhibition at the National Gallery. Details can be seen at http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/rembrandt-the-late-works.
The curator has done a very good job. I particular like some of variant of the same prints putting side by side. Some prints are in various development stages. I was astonished by a woman’s head transformed from wearing a cap to drawing back her hair in a bun in the serious of prints “Woman sitting half-dressed beside a stove, 1658”. The quality of the prints exhibited are far far better than those recently auctioned at the Christies.
A lot people praised the master’s late works over his previous one as a path to new techniques and style. It is not a question that I like his late works but I think his earlier works were equally breath-taking. I will pick the “Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet, 1657” if I can only have one from the entire exhibition. The fresh of the subject was so real that the skin over the subject’s temple yielded by the gold hairpin just like a live person. You need to see the actual painting to appreciate it. Photos cannot do its justice.