On Quality: The Master's Prootypes versus His Pupil's Variants
The Getty Center
Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Recent analysis of Rembrandt's painted oeuvre has revealed the frequent occurance of pairs and small groups of paintings with strong similarities but also significant differences. In the past such works were seen as steps in one artist's development. However, evidence suggests that one of these paintings is usually the prototype by the master, while the other is a free variant by a pupil. Such student works must have enabled apprentices to make steps in the learning process while at the same time producing commodities for the art market. Ernst van de Wetering, Head of the Rembrandt Research Project, discusses his ongoing research into this phenomenon of teaching and studio practice, which sharpens the eye for quality and offers insight into fundamental aspects of the art of 17th-century painting.
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