CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

Gift of genius: a Rembrandt for Kingston

Exhibition: 26 October 2003 - 18 January 2004


David de Witt

From the museum website

The Art Centre proudly unveils its latest gift from long-time supporters Drs Alfred and Isabel Bader. Rembrandt’s Head of an Old Man in a Cap, long considered to be a portrait of the artist’s father, is a remarkable early work, and only the fourth Rembrandt to enter a Canadian museum. Gift of genius traces the fascinating story of the painting’s attribution to the Dutch master. With related prints, it also explores his use of the tronie, or anonymous character head, to evoke emotions and states of mind, an innovation that would mark Rembrandt as the artistic genius of his generation.


A 6-page folder by David de Witt was issued for the exhibition.

ISBN 0-88911-904-X.


The Art Centre is grateful to the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Ottawa for its support of the exhibition, and the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Toronto for its support of the opening reception.