Rembrandt's Late Religious Portraits
An exhibition by the National Gallery of Art and this accompanying catalog assemble seventeen of the paintings for the first time, finally giving the powerful images their due. Many of these subtle and wondrous paintings have been identified as images of apostles and evangelists, but among them are also representations of Christ, the Virgin, and still-unidentified saints and monks. In Rembrandt's typical fashion, the men and women in these portraits peer out of the dark recesses of dimly lit interiors as though burdened by the weight of their spiritual and emotional concerns. Yet recent archival research has raised questions about their attribution, the relationships among the paintings, and, in a broader sense, Rembrandt's life and career—issues addressed by the contributors to this volume. With its lavish color images and state-of-the-field research, Rembrandt's Late Religious Portraits will make a profound contribution to the understanding of this unique and provocative body of work.
Preface and Acknowledgments
Lenders to the Exhibition
Rembrandt's Apostles and Evangelists
Arthur K. Wheelock Jr.
Rembrandt's Apostles: Pillars of Faith and Witnesses of the Word
Rembrandt and the Portrait Historié
Peter C. Sutton
Appendix: The Apostles and Evangelists