A lecture in Beloit College’s Wright Museum of Art will explore the life of Rembrandt and the impact of his genius over the centuries.
Dennis Weller, curator of northern European art at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, N.C., will present “Rembrandt: Past and Present,” on at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 9) in the Logan Room of the Wright Museum of Art. A reception precedes the lecture at 6:30 p.m. Both are free of charge.
“Self Portrait with Saskia,” a recently conserved etching from the Wright Museum of Art’s collection, is among the masterpieces that will be illustrated and discussed.
Weller will talk about how Rembrandt’s early fame and fortune faded, and how the artist died in poverty. However, his paintings, drawings, and prints continue to attract the attention of collectors, scholars, and museum visitors. The perception of Rembrandt and the scope of his vast accomplishments have changed over the centuries, prompted largely by many controversial attributions.
The lecture and the restoration of “Self Portrait with Saskia” are made possible by Beloit College’s Wanda Hollensteiner Endowed Conservation fund, which was created through a gift from alumna Wanda Peterson Hollensteiner, Beloit College class of 1954.