Rembrandt was very good at seeing and with empathy – his depictions of the elderly are at once intimate, vulnerable and powerful. In the Age / Time exhibition, Rembrandt’s engravings of the elderly are presented alongside works by his pupil Abraham van Dijck and his big fan Aat Veldhoen. There are vulnerable elderly people dozing in chairs. But we also see wise old men in their study or a vital crêperie. Life / Time is an ode to wealth and the stratification of old age.
The highlight of this collector’s exhibition is the latest purchase from the Het Rembrandthuis Museum: a small painting by Rembrandt’s student Abraham van Dijck. The museum bought it at auction last year. It is a representation of an old man who almost falls asleep.
Rembrandt House Museum
Jodenbreestraat 4, 1011 NK Amsterdam
Sept 25, 2020 – Nov 29, 2020