Those who have visited the Minneapolis Institute of Arts may be familiar with Rembrandt's Lucretia, a painting of a despair-filled young woman with hollow eyes, about to turn off the light, grasping at the knife she has just plunged into her bloody torso. The exquisite use of light and shadow and the incredible pathos of the masterpiece showcase an artist at the height of his powers. Beginning June 24, visitors to the museum will have an opportunity to see Rembrandt's work as they've never seen it before. The extensive "Rembrandt in America" features the largest number of authentic paintings by the artist ever assembled in the United States. The exhibit draws from two dozen museums and a few private collections, allowing guests to view several rarely seen paintings, such as Portrait of a Girl Wearing a Gold-Trimmed Cloak, as well as more famous works that have been cleaned up especially for the show, like the two full-length portraits of the Reverend Johannes Elison and his wife, Maria Bockenolle. Pieces on display span the artist's career, from his work as a student when his emerging genius was just beginning to masterpieces such as Old Man with a Gold Chain (which is only appearing in Minneapolis during the tour), to a riveting self-portrait the artist painted in his later years.
June 24-Sept. 16, 2012