Come to Room 22 and you’ll find our Rembrandts! Rembrandt van Rijn aspired to be a painter of biblical and mythological subjects, which were held in higher regard than portraits. But portraiture was more profitable, and after settling in Amsterdam around 1631, Rembrandt enjoyed enormous success as a portrait painter. From the middle of the 17th century, his increasingly rough and brooding style of painting was out of step with a new fashion for smoothly painted and more evenly lit works. He nevertheless continued to receive portrait commissions from some of the most prominent people in the country, who remained impressed with his unparalleled skill in conveying character.
Rembrandt also painted more self portraits than any other 17th century artist and here you can see a self portrait he painted when he was 34.
This portrait shows Rembrandt at the height of his career, presenting himself in a self-assured pose wearing an elaborate costume in the fashion of the 16th century. It seems as if Rembrandt refers deliberately to his famous predecessors in this portrait, and thus places himself in the tradition of great 'Old Masters'. The word 'conterfeycel' (more properly conterfeytsel) is an archaic Dutch term for portrait.
Photo by Ellie in the #nationalgallery Social Media Team
‘On the Bay of Naples’
Oil on Paper
National Gallery of Art
François Antoine Léon Fleury, a French landscape painter, was born in Paris in 1804. He was the son of Antoine Claude Fleury, under whom he at first studied, and then under Bertin and Hersent. Between 1827 and 1830 he made a sketching tour in France and the neighbouring countries. ...
I don't drink coffee but this cappuccino-coloured sketchbook has me like 😍☕⠀
Spent the morning sketching 'Mrs Nesbitt with a Dove' by Sir Joshua Reynolds at the @wallacemuseum. I'm so used to painting on white paper that sketching on toffee-coloured paper is a veritable playdate.
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Sketchbook from from @hahnemuehle_global. Pencils by @fabercastellglobal in White, Indian Red and Raw Umber. Sterling company provided by @chenbuxton. ...
Now open in the Sainsbury Wing, our exhibition 'Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light', is the first UK exhibition of Spain's Impressionist, Sorolla, in over a century. Visit our website to book tickets online and save.
Known as the 'master of light' for his iridescent canvases, this is a rare opportunity to see the most complete exhibition of Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida's paintings outside Spain.
From the vivid seascapes, garden views, and bather scenes for which he is most renowned, to portraits, landscapes and genre scenes of Spanish life, the exhibition features more than 60 works spanning Sorolla's career – many of which are travelling from private collections and from afar.
This exhibition is sponsored by @iberia#sorolla#madrid#museosorolla#impressionist#spain#exhibition#nationalgallery#instamuseum ...