Articles in Category: Rembrandt

Rembrandt Etchings

Written on February 06, 2005

Abraham Entertaining the Angels (1656) etching and drypoint by Rembrandt National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Walking out of the US Holocaust Memorial in Washington, D.C. the stench of mass murder was overpowering. Western Civilization, that hubristic culture celebrating man's highest aspirations, seemed obscene. Stately government buildings that bespoke American power and beneficence only reminded me of American rejection of Jewish refugees before the war and refusal to bomb the rail lines during. America knew from the extensive newspaper coverage between 1934 to the end of the war of the Nazi murderous intent to annihilate the Jews. This alone made my beloved America an accessory to the crime. My country essentially did nothing. And what about God? Why did He hide His face?

Rembrandt In Berlin - Moses Breaking The Tablets Of The Law

Written on September 25, 2001

Moses Breaking the Tablets of the Law (1659) Detail; Oil on canvas by Rembrandt

Moses Breaking the Tablets of the Law by Rembrandt

Rembrandt’s Moses reaches up grasping the Tablets of the Law as he descends the holy mountain. Firmly rooted in the mundane, the painting presents us with a startlingly image of Moses’ initial journey down the mountain, carrying the first Tablets aloft, simultaneously displaying the prized gift and threatening to destroy God’s handiwork.