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December 8, 2009–February 28, 2010 at the Getty Center


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Rembrandt and Frans Hals as Portraitists: A Comparison
Rembrandt and Frans Hals were the two great portrait painters in Holland in the 17th century. Christopher White, director emeritus of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, looks at the two artists' different approaches in depicting their sitters.

The galleries will be open both before and after the lecture, allowing you to compare the two artists' work up close. In addition to the drawings by Rembrandt featured in the exhibition Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference, three portrait paintings by Rembrandt are currently on view in the Getty Center's East Pavilion—An Old Man in Military Costume and St. Bartholomew from the Museum's permanent collection, and Portrait of a Girl Wearing a Gold-Trimmed Cloak from a private collection. In addition, two spectacular portrait paintings by Frans Hals, Lucas de Clerq and Feyna van Steenkiste, are on temporary display in the East Pavilion. Newly conserved at the Getty Museum, the paintings will return to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam in May 2010.

Sunday, February 28, 2010, 3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

A Closer Look: Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils
Two-thirds of the drawings that were once attributed to Rembrandt have been reattributed to his many pupils. Peter Schatborn, emeritus head of the print room at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and co-curator of the exhibition, explains how he discerns Rembrandt's drawings from those by his students.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009, 3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium


Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference
In this one-day symposium, an international panel of scholars addresses the body of drawn work by Rembrandt and his pupils, the methodology of telling the difference, and the arc of scholarship in the field over the past thirty years. Seating is limited. Registration fee (includes lunch) $15. This program is supported by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Los Angeles. Please register by January 8, 2010.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010, 8:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Gallery Course

Becoming Rembrandt: The Man, the Myth, the Legend
Who was Rembrandt? Join Museum educators Zhenya Gershman and Keri Jhaveri in this two-part course exploring the materials, influences, and artistic relationships that formed Rembrandt's genius. Course fee $35; $25 students. Open to 30 participants.

This two-part course is offered twice:

Fridays, January 22 and 29, 2010, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Studios and galleries
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Saturdays, February 6 and 13, 2010, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Studios and galleries

Studio Course

Drawing from Rembrandt
Join artist Richard Houston for this daylong class exploring the work of master draftsman and storyteller Rembrandt. Drawing inspiration from Rembrandt, participants investigate gesture, mark-making, value, composition, and expression through a series of studio exercises, gallery discussions, and outdoor drawing sessions with a life model. Course fee $135; includes materials and a box lunch. Open to 25 participants.

Thursday, February 4, 2010, 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Studios

Study of Hendrickje Sleeping / Rembrandt

Artist-at-Work Demonstration

Artist-at-Work Demonstration: Rembrandt's Materials and Techniques
Join artist Peter Zokosky as he demonstrates the historic drawing materials and techniques used by Rembrandt and other Dutch artists of the 1600s. Free; no reservations required.

Sundays, November 22, 2009–January 3, 2010
1:00–2:00 p.m.: Dry media and 17th-century paper
2:00–3:00 p.m.: Historic inks and drawing implements
Getty Center, Museum Studios


Gordon Getty Concert: Repast
Hailed by The New York Times as a "graceful, energetic ensemble," Repast delves into its masterful repertoire of the Baroque era to present an evening of music from Rembrandt's Amsterdam. As a cosmopolitan port city and center for printing and publishing, this capital of the Netherlands in its golden age enjoyed a musical life that included both native productions and rich contributions from abroad. Tickets $20; $15 students/seniors.

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Saturday, February 6, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
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Point-of-View: Artist's Talk

Artist Richard Houston explores Rembrandt's drawings and those of his contemporaries in this in-gallery discussion. Space is limited. Sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 1:00 p.m. the day of the talk.

Saturday, February 13, 2010, 2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum galleries

Film and Discussion

Watch the remastered documentary Rembrandt—Draftsman, introduced by Lee Hendrix, senior curator of Drawings. With this film, director Kees van Langeraad examines the art of drawing in Rembrandt's studio, bringing it to life in the context of 17th-century Amsterdam and its environs. This program is supported by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Los Angeles.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

GettyGuide™ Audio Player

What sets Rembrandt's drawings apart from those of his pupils? Hear curators from the Getty and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam offer commentary and clues. Pick up an audio player in the Museum Entrance Hall for $5.