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Rembrandt van Rijn, Portrait of the Artist, c. 1665, oil on canvas, Kenwood House, English Heritage, Iveagh Bequest. (Courtesy American Federation of Arts)

Rembrandt’s Self-portraits and Their Secrets

Friday, May 16, 2014
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Presented by David Bomford, director of conservation.

Rembrandt van Rijn’s self-portraits are famous in that they reflect one of the most sustained sequences of self-scrutiny in Western art. But below the surface of some of these extraordinary paintings are unexpected changes and hidden clues to Rembrandt’s practice and the workings of his studio. By looking at the results of technical examination, David Bomford explores one of the most fundamental questions of all: the true meaning of authenticity and authorship in Rembrandt’s art.

About the Friday and Saturday Afternoon Lecture Series
This series of lectures is held on Fridays at 1:30 p.m. with a repeat on Saturdays at 4 p.m. in Brown Auditorium Theater. A reception to meet the speaker and a “Your Turn to Speak” tour follow each lecture.

$5 MFAH Members
$8 Nonmembers + Museum admission
Free for Members at the Patron, Supporting, Sponsor, and Benefactor levels, up to two tickets. Leadership Circle members receive unlimited free tickets.
Secure your seat in advance! Use the "Get Tickets" button above and print at home; call 713.639.7771; or visit any MFAH admissions desk.

Friday and Saturday Afternoon Lectures at the MFAH receive generous support from Aggie and Joe Foster.

Special thanks to Adept Word Management for transcription services.

All education programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment income from funds provided by Caroline Wiess Law; The National Endowment for the Humanities; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; the Favrot Fund; and Gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.