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Larry Silver, Farquhar Professor of History of Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Seventeenth-century Amsterdam was a "religious soup" of varying Protestant denominations, millenarian hopes, and even Jewish immigrants, chiefly from Portugal but also from Central Europe. Rembrandt, whose neighborhood included prosperous Jews, responded sensitively to the Hebrew Bible and to the presence of such living descendants of the Bible. But he was also a committed Christian whose representation of the Jewish people differed markedly in scenes from the Old and New Testaments. This talk will examine the important Rembrandt portrait in the Kimbell, identified as a young Jew, in this context, including in relation to the artist's own portrait-like images of the head of Jesus.
Evening lectures by distinguished guest speakers, held throughout the year, address a range of topics relating to the appreciation and interpretation of art. They are free and open to the public. Seating is limited.
Pavilion Auditorium; simulcast in Kahn Auditorium