What goes around, comes around in the world of art museums. For the Cincinnati Art Museum next spring, that will translate into three exciting loans of self-portraits painted by Rembrandt van Rijn.
They're coming courtesy of the Louvre Museum in Paris, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid and the Indianapolis Museum of Art as kind of a thank-you for pieces the museum has loaned this year and last to each of the other museums. The three will be shown together in Rembrandt: Three Faces of the Master, on exhibit March 8-May 21.
The 17th-century Dutch artist's self portraits are well known and important works that Benedict Lea, the museum's new curator of European painting and sculpture, calls 'a window into his identity and personal history.'
The paintings show Rembrandt at three distinct stages of life.
Indianapolis' 'Self Portrait with Gorget and Beret ' (circa 1629) depicts him as a young, self-confident artist. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza's 'Self Portrait with Beret and Two Gold Chains' (circa 1642-1643) finds him rich, middle-aged and seeing himself as part of the Dutch merchant class he often painted. The Louvre's 'Self Portrait at an Easel' (circa 1660) once belonged to Louis XIV and shows an experienced, professional artist. It will be the first showing in the United States for the Louvre painting.
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