This may or may not sound dramatic/impossible and if you don’t respect religions and superstitions please move along!
So this painting has a lil background story. This was painted upside down, so I can study Rembrandt’s Head of Christ painting. No big deal right? Well, around the sametime I was painting my boy Jesus, a family friend’s kid (who has a form of down) sees Jesus in everything. Essentially the pareidolia effect (where you see faces in things). Someone took a picture of what he saw, and what she eventually saw, of Jesus in some concrete. When my mom sent my painting pic to my godmother who also sent it to that mentioned family friend, the friend was in shock. All due to the fact that the photo looked EXACTLY like my rendering of Jesus (of course in concrete). Last month I was able to see the photo and you... I shit you not they were identical in shape and shadows like... its amazing how this stuff happens
En ze hangt! Het meest iconische portret van #Saskia is na 268 jaar eindelijk terug in Nederland. #Rembrandt maakte het schilderij van zijn vrouw pas af nadat ze stierf op 29-jarige leeftijd. Het schilderij is een van de topstukken van Rembrandt & Saskia: Liefde in de Gouden Eeuw en is te zien vanaf 24 november.
I got a Museumkaart and I've been using it to make studies of artists I admire. today a couple watched me copy Van Gogh's self portrait and complimented my skill and speed. I've always been nervous about presenting my art, since I've mostly been self-taught and therefore my technique is not polished or refined in any way. but in the last 2 years I can really see my own progress. having artist friends who also see the effort I put into learning and becoming a better artist, that helps too.
there's no progress without criticism, but there's no progress without support either.
Hoe leuk is deze babyccino voor onze kleine gasten😍? Wil jou dochter of zoon ook altijd graag het schuim opeten van je cappuccino of latte macchiato? Dan is dit de oplossing een mini cappuccino gemaakt van warme melkschuim, scheutje chocomelk en gegarneerd met sprinkels 😍
Amsterdam MuseumPlein is definitely celebrating Autumn inside and outside 🍁🍂Here we go! Our highlights from the big three museums:
1 - ‘Amsterdam Magisch Centrum’ is a wide exhibition focusing on the art and counterculture of the ’67-’70 period, showcasing how Amsterdam became an artistic heaven for visual artists. The city was a ground for social actions and rebellious events like feminist group Dolle Mina and other artists including John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s ‘Bed Peace’ protest. @stedelijkmuseum itself was also a place for artists to practice their work. (Artwork: Ferdi, The Purple People Eater, 1967)
2- Another important remark in Dutch art scene, Keith Haring canvas returns to the Stedelijk museum.
3- Besides, hidden for 30 years Haring’s huge mural painting on the museum depot wall has just been uncovered this October. This site specific work is his largest work in Europe.
4- ‘Gauguin and Laval in Martinique’ exhibition gives great insights about how Van Gogh and Gaugin admired and influenced each other as friends and artists. The Martinique visit inspired Vincent to go to a warmer place, South of France, Arles. (Artwork: Gaugin’s self-portrait with portrait of Émile Bernard, 1888) @VanGoghMuseum
5- @RijksMuseum is preparing for restoration of Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’ painting. The masterpiece from Dutch golden age is visited by more than 2M visitors a year. So the museum decided to broadcast the restoration to artlovers through online platform.
to be cont’d.
This week sees the opening of ‘Welcome to the Country Where the Gypsy Has Been Hunted’, an exhibition by the Polish Roma artist Krzysztof Gil at l’étrangère, in collaboration with Henryk Gallery, Poland.
Today (Wednesday) at 12.30pm the artist will be in conversation with Rebecca Lyons, Director of the Attingham Trust’s Royal Collection studies at the gallery.
The show is comprised of a single installation, entitled TAJSA Yesterday and Tomorrow (2018), which takes as its point of departure the ritual of ‘Heidenjachten’ or ‘Gypsy hunt’, prevalent in Germany and the Netherlands from the seventeenth until as late as the nineteenth centuries. The installation, a shelter-like construction made from raw canvas and fragments of wooden planks and connected with threads, ropes and bone glue, imitates the traditional, humble and temporary houses erected by itinerant Roma communities. Inside the shelter is a large panoramic tableau that depicts a procession of hunters, animals and human corpses, drawn with white chalk on a black background (pictured). The characters have been inspired by the Rembrandt painting, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp (1632), in which Dr Tulp presents a public dissection to members of the Amsterdam Guild of Surgeons. Gil’s drawings of the hunters’ trophy heap, which includes a deer, a hare, a bird and a Roma, perversely resembles the aesthetisised paintings of the Dutch still life tradition. The Private View is tomorrow, Thursday 15th 6.30-8.30pm, and the show runs until 22 December.
Image: Krzysztof Gil, TAJSA Yesterday and Tomorrow, 2018. Installation detail, Henryk Gallery, Kraków, Poland. Courtesy Henryk Galery and l'etrangere.
#krzysztofgil#henrykgallery#roma#artisttalk#polishroma#poland#installation#installationart#exhibition#rembrandt#drtulp#shoreditch#london @krzysztof_gill @letrangere_london @henrykgallery @theattinghamtrust
'X' is for X-ray that reveals an eXciting hidden history to this painting... This is Rembrandt's wife Saskia, dressed in Arcadian costume (or as the Goddess of Spring, Flora). But it didn't start out looking like this. Under the paint surface lurks the curved sword of the Jewish heroine Judith (seen here in a comparative image by an Italian artist). With her city under seige she defended her people in the only way she could. Dressed in her finest clothing she went to the tent of the enemy general Holofernes. Having (ahem) 'lulled him to sleep' she cut off his head. A story told time and again in painting - possibly because of its political message (against oppression). Possibly because of the thrill of its X-rated content.
Why did Rembrandt change his mind about this gory story? I imagine that the conversation in his studio started something like this...
Saskia (smiling) "Darling I have some wonderful news..."
And Rembrandt - overjoyed at an imminent new arrival - seized his brushes to transform curved sword into straight stick. Note the greenery (for new life) that winds its way up the staff. The head that she held was covered over with an abundance of blooms - symbol of fecundity. The older maidservant (from the previous story) hidden in the dark background. Saskia is - literally 'blooming'. We are also looking forward with eXcitement (and hoping for a happy outcome in our fight for justice) at our tribunal - beginning Nov 26th. This post is 25/ 27 on National Gallery artists A to Z. I am one of 27 experienced educators formerly employed by the National Gallery who are raising funds for our legal costs to fight against the #gigeconomy .
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