Today is the 400th birthday of Rembrandt van Rijn.
The picture I have used for the Immoderate theme or header for some time now was painted by Rembrandt. The painting name is “Two Scholars Disputing,” and sometimes called “Peter and Paul.” I do not want to get into all the reasons why I love this painting, but one of them is the intensity in the old man (particulary his eyes), and how his argument is over a text. You can see the old man in red who is on the receiving end has his finger in the same book, perhaps ready to go to his response.
If we may recommend another lesser known Rembrandt work (realizing that this could quickly get out of hand), one that both my wife and I love is his The Mennonite Minister Cornelis Claesz. Anslo in Conversation with his Wife, Aaltje.
Right now the National Gallery of Art has a showing of some of Rembrandt’s late religious portraits.
Here are a few more links: the official 400th birthday site, the amsterdam site for his 400th birthday, an NPR story for the occasion, and the Rijksmuseum has a really interesting way of viewing its galleries.