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Rembrandt's Late Religious Portraits

January 30 – May 1, 2005
West Building, Main Floor, Galleries 50 and 51

Rembrandt van Rijn, The Apostle Paul, c. 1657, oil on canvas, Widener Collection, 1942.9.59

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 17 half-length portraits of religious figures painted by Rembrandt van Rijn late in life were brought together for the first time from private and public collections in the United States and Europe. Scholars had long wondered whether the paintings, roughly similar in size and composition, formed part of a series.

The Camerata Trajectina presented special family concerts of 17th-century Dutch music on January 30 and February 6 in the West Building Lecture Hall in conjunction with the exhibition.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., curator of northern baroque painting at the National Gallery, was the curator.

Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Saunders III supported the exhibition in Washington. The exhibition received an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Attendance: 266,986

Catalog: Rembrandt's Late Religious Portraits, by Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. et al. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, in association with the University of Chicago Press, 2005.

Brochure: Rembrandt. NGAkids Inside Scoop. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 2005.

Other Venues: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, June 7–August 28, 2005