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Anat Gilboa Rembrandt’s Depictions of Jewish Themes
From Wednesday, November 07, 2012 -  03:30pm
To Friday, November 09, 2012 - 05:00pm
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Rembrant van Rijin (1606-1669) is known for his vivid interpretation of themes from the Hebrew Bible. His reputation as a painter of histories, based on pictorial and literary sources, was formed early in his career. Male figures from the Bible such as Moses, Abraham or Jeremiah are represented as heroic protagonists. Female figures, essential to the Bible and the narrative of ancient Israel, are prominently depicted in various roles: as mothers and wives or lovers of patriarchs, heroes and kings. Reflecting moralistic attitudes in art of the time, Rembrandt often portrayed these women in the context of corrupting influence or precipitating fatal events. Yet in the master's late depictions of biblical histories, we discover a deep understanding of human nature, especially noticed in his late portrayals od biblical heroines. Dr. Anat Bilboa is an art historian, specializing in early modern, Jewish and Israeli visual culture. She has taught at universities in Israel, Canada and the US. Her research has resulted in a book and in various publications in American and European journals and conferences.

Location : UCSC Humanities 1 Room 210, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
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