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A Closer Look: Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils

Date: Sunday, December 13, 2009
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Fifty years ago, well over 1,000 drawings were attributed to Rembrandt. Today, only about a third of these are still believed to be by him. Why the change? Peter Schatborn, who has spent 40 years analyzing drawings by Rembrandt and his pupils, offers a lively discussion of the challenges of identifying a Rembrandt drawing and demonstrates how he distinguishes a work by the master from a work by a pupil or follower.

Schatborn presents pairs of drawings—one by Rembrandt and one by another artist—that depict the same subject or that are close in character. He points out essential differences between the two and clarifies confusion about who made each. In doing so, Schatborn reveals fascinating details about Rembrandt's studio practice and provides a deeper exploration of the themes in the exhibition Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference.

About Peter Shatborn
A world-renowned expert on Dutch drawings, Peter Schatborn is emeritus head of the Rijksprentenkabinet, or print room, at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. He is co-curator of the exhibition Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils.

Christ as Gardener Appearing to Mary Magdalene / Rembrandt

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