St Christopher

Rembrandt Lecture
Event 10
Saturday October 11th , 4.00pm 
Little Missenden Village Hall

Lecture on late Rembrandt

This is an archived event from the 2014 Programme.

The lecture will introduce the new Autumn exhibition at the National Gallery, exploring the last decade or so of Rembrandt's extraordinary career. The exhibition promises to be outstanding, with 40 paintings, 20 drawings and 30 prints created by Rembrandt between 1650 and his death in 1669.

The Rijksmuseum has been most generous with loans of major commissioned works from Rembrandt's late career, such as The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Deyman (1656) and The Syndics (circa 1662). Most remarkable of all, however, will be the loan of the so-called The Jewish Bride (circa 1662), a magnificent and defining work of tenderness, colour and technical virtuosity, which so exemplifies the expressive and fresh creativity of Rembrandt's late career.

After the success of the early 1640s, his career had entered a period of decline and he experienced great financial difficulties. Saskia, his wife, had died in June 1642, the same year as the important commission of The Night Watch. However, by 1649 Henrickje Stoffels was established as Rembrandt's companion and, together with his son Titus, his business associate. The decade of the 1660s would present a period of great productivity, domestic happiness and peace.

Clare Ford-Wille is an independent art historian who has lectured for over 35 years for Birkbeck College, University of London, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Gallery, Inscape, and NADFAS. She has led many study tours abroad in Europe, USA and Armenia.