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The dying language of art

The language of painting is nearly lost

In reviews of the exhibition of Rembrandt’s self portraits at the National Gallery, various explanations were offered as to why Rembrandt used himself as a model. These included the suggestions that he was cheap and that he was advertising his skills to clients. He is accused of “conceit,” “self-aggrandisement” and “pomposity.”

This may be true but in the seven articles I read, nobody mentioned that, as a painter, he was obsessed by the way light reveals objects in space. Could it not be that the various costumes he wore gave him opportunities to explore the way light affects different fabrics?

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