My husband (Mike) and I went to the Rembrandt exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art last week. I am always intrigued when looking at great masters of art. This was particularly so at this exhibit, where there were side-by-side comparisons of Rembrandt’s originals with artists who were schooled by Rembrandt. Some differences were quite subtle, others very noticeable. As I walked through and viewed the exhibit, I found myself asking, “what did Rembrandt see?” I know what I saw: beautiful variations of light, textured skin in the faces of his subjects, intricate jewelry that shimmered, hands with fine details in the wrinkles, fingers and finger nails. I could hear various comments from others at the exhibit who saw things I couldn’t see due to my lack of understanding or the position from which I was viewing the portraits. There were many students at the exhibit, along with their professors who had a much larger context for viewing Rembrant’s work than I have. There were many like me viewing the exhibit as interested amateurs but viewing from different angles and distances. So, not only viewing the works but being in ear shot of others furthered my perspective of what Rembrant perhaps saw.
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