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Face to Face with Portraiture in Rembrandt's Time

9 March 2020

Face to Face with Portraiture in Rembrandt’s Time

Symposium: 9 March 2020

On Monday, 9 March 2020, (the Monday after the opening of TEFAF Maastricht), the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum is hosting a symposium in conjunction with the exhibition Rembrandt and Amsterdam portraiture, 1590-1670, which opens to the public on 18 February 2020.

The exhibition, which is guest-curated by Norbert E. Middelkoop, intends to present some of the best Amsterdam portraits made during the Dutch ‘Golden Age’, with Rembrandt as the natural focal point. An outstanding selection of paintings, drawings and prints will enable the visitor to admire the great variety and exceptional quality of these artworks and meanwhile become acquainted with the stories behind many of the faces.

More information and tickets will soon be available on the Thyssen-Bornemisza website.


9:00-9:55 Visit to the exhibition (until 12AM closed to the general public)

10:00 Guillermo Solana (Artistic Director MTB): Welcome
10:10 Opening remarks by Ann Jensen Adams, chairwoman
10:15-10:30 Norbert Middelkoop: The making of the exhibition
10:30-11:00 Rudi Ekkart: Amsterdam portraiture in the 17th century: state of research

11:00-11.30 Coffee break

11:30-12:00 S.A.C. Dudok van Heel: Rembrandt’s surprising start as a portrait painter
12:00-12:30 Volker Manuth: Attributing ‘Rembrandt’ portraits
12:30-13:15 Discussion, led by Ann Jensen Adams, with Rudi Ekkart, Volker Manuth, Dudok van Heel and Norbert Middelkoop

13:15 Lunch break; opportunity to visit the exhibition and other galleries

15:30-16:00 Leonore van Sloten: Rembrandt portrait etchings in the making
16:00-16:30 Norbert Middelkoop: Group portraits
16:30-17:00 Marieke de Winkel: Dutch dress codes
17:00-17:30 Ann Jensen Adams: The Market, the Museum, and the Academy:  Various Valuations of the Early Modern portrait

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