Rembrandt, Jews and Jesus: Putting Judaism Back in the Picture

Rembrandt.van Rijn Self Portrait by Wikimedia

Rembrandt and the Images of Jesus, a
2011-2012 exhibit curated by the Louvre, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Detroit Institute of Arts presented artworks,
primarily by 17-century, Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn, which displayed
images of Jesus that departed from typical Renaissance representations. When
the exhibit opened at the Philadelphia Museum it was heralded by The
New York Times
as “a gutsy makeover of the most-depicted man in
Western art. Jesus was, of course, Jewish. But few artists emphasized his
ethnicity, or his humanity, as frankly and directly as Rembrandt did.” In
making her point, Times critic Karen Rosenberg cited two of the most
striking works in the exhibit: The Head of

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