Armchair Travel: Exhibition on Screen
Rembrandt from the National Gallery, London & Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Every Rembrandt exhibition is eagerly anticipated, but Rembrandt: The Late Works, at London’s National Gallery and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum in 2014 and 2015, was an event like no other. Given exclusive, privileged access to both venues, the filmmakers document the landmark exhibition while interweaving Rembrandt’s life story with the behind-the-scenes preparations at these world-famous institutions.
Rembrandt: The Late Works focused on the final years of the artist’s life, commonly thought to be his finest. The masterpieces he produced during this period could be called his defining works, with pieces so soulful and honest they helped sculpt the prevailing perceptions of Rembrandt as a man and as an artist.
This documentary explores the exhibition’s key works with curators, art historians, and other experts. For many, Rembrandt is the greatest artist who ever lived, and the filmmakers seek the truth about the man behind the legend.
“This brilliant, brave blockbuster reveals the true Rembrandt.” —The Guardian
“He is a man demonstrating the range of his techniques … and a sheer humanity that will captivate the public.” —The Independent