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National Gallery of Art Offers Variety of Programs in Honor of Renbrandt Exhibition

Washington, DC—Rembrandt's Late Religious Portraits (January 30-May 1, 2005) offers a unique opportunity to explore one of the most fascinating aspects of Rembrandt van Rijn's artistic career, his dramatic religious portraits painted in the late 1650s and early 1660s. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Gallery will offer a variety of related activities. Admission to the Gallery is free, and all programs are free unless otherwise noted.


The Dutch Interior
Sundays, January 2-30, 2005, 2:00 p.m.
East Building Auditorium

A series of five lecture programs on domestic aspects of Dutch life and culture in the 17th-century Golden Age. Vermeer, Rembrandt, and many other artists have created evocative images of the Dutch interior. These lectures explore how the depiction of homes, churches, and civic institutions reflected contemporary beliefs and behavior.

January 2
Love and the Private Sphere in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Genre Painting
H. Rodney Nevitt Jr., associate professor of art history, University of Houston

January 9
Noises and Silences in Dutch Paintings of Manners
Mariët Westermann, director, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

January 16
Portraits and Personalities
Stephanie Dickey, associate professor of art history, Herron School of Art, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

January 23
Inside the Artist's Studio
H. Perry Chapman, professor of art history, University of Delaware

January 30 (Exhibition Opening Day Lectures)
Rembrandt's Late Religious Portraits, Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., exhibition curator and curator of Northern Baroque paintings, National Gallery of Art
Rembrandt's Late Style, Ernst van de Wetering of the Rembrandt Research Project, Amsterdam,


Netherlandish, Flemish, and Dutch Art and Music
January 10, 12:10 and 1:10 p.m.
East Building Small Auditorium
Stephen Ackert, head, music department, National Gallery of Art


All Gallery talks will begin in the West Building Rotunda unless noted otherwise.

Rembrandt's Late Religious Portraits
February 22, 25, and 27, 12:00 p.m.; March 2 and 4, 1:00 p.m.

Dutch and Flemish Works of Art on Paper in the National Gallery's Permanent Collection
January 10, 12, 18, and 20, 1:00 p.m. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please call (202) 842-6247.

Dutch Scenes of Everyday Life
January 22, 1:00 p.m.; January 25, 26, and 30, 12:00 p.m.


Camerata Trajectina

January 30, 6:30 p.m.
West Garden Court
A concert of 17th-century music performed on historic instruments.
National Gallery Vocal Arts Ensemble and Smithsonian Chamber Players

February 6, 6:30 p.m.
West Garden Court
Kenneth Slowik, guest conductor; Johann Thiele: The Saint Matthew Passion (1637).


Close to Home (preregister at 202-789-3030)
January 29, February 12, and March 12
10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.; 1:30-3:30 p.m.; ages 8-13
West Building Rotunda

Explore the newly re-opened Dutch galleries with artist and educator Clare Grizzard. Take an imaginary journey into the scenes of home and family life and learn why domestic interiors were a favorite subject for Dutch artists. This drawing workshop is for children ages 8 to 13 with an adult companion.

Family Concert

Camerata Trajectina
January 30, 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m., ages 7 and up
West Building Lecture Hall

In celebration of the exhibitions Gerard ter Borch and Rembrandt's Late Religious Portraits, families can spend an afternoon exploring Dutch art and music. Camerata Trajectina will present a 45-minute program of popular 17th-century music performed on historic instruments. Get more information at (202) 842-6254 or

Children’s Film Program

Minoes (Vincent Ball, The Netherlands, 93 mins.)
February 5, 10:30 a.m.; ages 7 and up
East Building Auditorium

Minoes, a young woman, talks to cats, eats raw fish, climbs trees, and prowls rooftops at night. Find out why in the delightful feature-length adventure that is “purr-fect” for the whole family. Dutch with English subtitles.

Children’s Audio Program: Adventures in Art

A special interactive audio program for children ages 7 to 12 that highlights the Gallery’s collection of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings is available for rental at the Acoustiguide Desk located at the West Building Mall entrance. $3 per tour; $2 for additional headphones.


The National Gallery of Art is planning a special section on Rembrandt's Late Religious Portraits at

NGAClassroom: This Web site especially for teachers and students will feature a PDF link to a new teaching packet about Ter Borch at


The exhibition catalogue Rembrandt's Late Religious Portraits is lavishly illustrated with 45 color and 54 black-and-white images (9.5 by 11.5-inch, 152 pages). Contributors include Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., curator of northern baroque painting, National Gallery of Art, with Peter C. Sutton, director of the Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut; Volker Manuth, professor of art history, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands; and Anne T. Woollett, assistant curator of paintings, The J. Paul Getty Museum. The catalogue was published by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in association with University of Chicago Press. It will be available for $40 in hardcover in January in the Gallery Shops by calling (800)-697-9350 or (202) 842-6002, or faxing (202) 789-3047. You can visit the Shops online at

Please note: All programs are free unless otherwise noted and open to the public; seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. For more information, call (202) 737-4215, visit the Web site at, or inquire at the Art Information Desks.

General Information

For additional press information please call or send inquiries to:
Department of Communications
National Gallery of Art
2000 South Club Drive
Landover, MD 20785
phone: (202) 842-6353
e-mail: [email protected]
Anabeth Guthrie
Chief of Communications
(202) 842-6804
[email protected]

The Gallery also offers a broad range of newsletters for various interests. Follow this link to view the complete list.

Exhibition Press Release

Exhibition Checklist (PDF 803 KB)

Late Etchings

Artist Biography:
Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)

Curator Biography:
Authur K. Wheelock, Jr.

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