Queen's hosts Rembrandt experts at study centre
Expanding the Field of Rembrandt Studies, a conference organized by the Department of Art, brought more than 50 leading specialists to Queen’s Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle in England for two days of discussions on the art of Rembrandt van Rijn.
Born in 1606, Rembrandt became the most renowned and influential artist of the Dutch Golden Age, and his paintings, drawings and prints have generated a continuous stream of interest among collectors and scholars.
Queen's Agnes Etherington Art Centre owns two paintings by the master as well as numerous works by artists in his circle, a central focus of the collection of old master paintings donated by Drs. Alfred and Isabel Bader. The conference was made possible by a donation from the Baders, with help from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.
The organizing committee included Stephanie Dickey, Bader Chair in Northern Baroque Art (program chair), Ron Spronk, head of the Department of Art, David DeWitt, Bader Curator at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, and Franziska Gottwald, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Art.
While Rembrandt’s art has been the focus of numerous exhibitions, conferences and publications, the scope and distinction of the Herstmonceux gathering is unprecedented. Invited participants included academic art historians, museum curators and directors, conservators and conservation scientists and archival researchers from the Netherlands, Germany, Israel, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Lively discussions assessed the current state of research on Rembrandt and his circle and charted new directions for future inquiry.