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Rembrandt from Amsterdam and Jerusalem

Special Exhibit
June 3, 2015-September 6, 2015

Location: Aaron and Blima Shickman Old Masters Galleries


Rembrandt van Rijn, 1606–1669

Curator: Shlomit Steinberg

The Prophet Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem, an exquisite painting by the young Rembrandt produced during his Leiden period, is on special loan for the Museum’s 50th anniversary from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. It is shown here side-by-side with our own Rembrandt masterpiece, St. Peter in Prison. Portrayed in similar poses, the prophet and the apostle convey the same sense of sorrow and desolation. From the striking resemblance between the two aged, bearded figures we can deduce that Rembrandt worked with the same model in his early years. The paintings are displayed alongside prints by Rembrandt depicting themes from the Bible and the New Testament, as well as oils by Rembrandt’s teacher and some of his prominent pupils.

Rembrandt van Rijn

Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem, 1630 (detail)
Oil on panel
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Photo © Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

St. Peter in Prison (St. Peter Kneeling), 1631
Oil on panel
Gift of Judy and Michael Steinhardt, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum