Rembrandt, the Dutch 17th century painter and etcher, has left us a remarkable body of work; an exhibition of his late masterpieces loaned from across international collections is on display at London's National Gallery until the 18th of January. The subjects of his portraits are caught at surprisingly intimate moments – these works have none of the formality and poise of Rembrandt's contemporaries. No distant looks into the horizon, Rembrandt's subjects are characters with a lively, telling gaze, often directly engaging with the onlooking spectator. This is a moving and thought-provoking collection, well worth catching before it closes in January.
Rembrandt's Late Works is on at the National Gallery in London from 15 Oct 2014 to 18 Jan 2015.
Photo 1: Rembrandt, Self Portrait at the Age of 63, 1669 © The National Gallery, London
Photo 2: Rembrandt, A Woman bathing in a Stream (Hendrickje Stoffels?), 1654 © The National Gallery, London
Photo 3: Rembrandt, Portrait of a Couple as Isaac and Rebecca, known as 'The Jewish Bride', about 1665 © Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Photo 4: Rembrandt, The Suicide of Lucretia, 1666, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The William Hood Dunwoody Fund © The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota
Photo 5: Rembrandt, The Sampling Officials of the Amsterdam Drapers' Guild, known as 'The Syndics', about 1662 © Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam