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Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus

November 20 - February 12, 2012

  • Fees Apply

Painter. Carpenter. Masterpiece.

Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus brings together for the first time many of Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn's finest paintings, prints and drawings that portray Jesus and events described in the Bible. The exhibition of 64 works includes approximately 52 small, intimate paintings, prints and drawings by Rembrandt and his students that illustrate how Rembrandt broke from traditional 17th-century representations of Jesus.

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This exhibition has been organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Musée du Louvre, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In Detroit, the exhibition is generously sponsored by The Cracchiolo Family. Additional support has been provided by the City of Detroit.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Head of Jesus, attributed to Rembrandt van Rijn, 1648/1650, oil on oak panel. Detroit Institute of Arts 

Western portrayals of Jesus in the 17th century were based on ancient Greek sculpture and Renaissance imagery, and represented him as either heroic in action or as the embodiment of profound suffering. Rembrandt's own initial renderings of Jesus conformed to this tradition. In the 1640s, Rembrandt developed a radically different concept. He was the first Western artist to present Jesus as Jewish, likely based on models from Amsterdam's vibrant Jewish neighborhood where he lived and worked. Additionally, he depicted Jesus as vulnerable and humble, one whose existence compelled reverence in the minds and imaginations of those around him.

Two masterpieces in the exhibition illustrate the significant shift in Rembrandt’s approach: Supper at Emmaus, a hauntingly beautiful painting of the biblical account of Jesus’ appearance to his followers after his resurrection; and Christ Healing the Sick, also known as The Hundred Guilder Print, which shows Jesus preaching before a crowd. The Hundred Guilder Print showcases Rembrandt’s unparalleled mastery of printmaking, as every printmaking style and technique in his repertoire was used to create its stunning effect.

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Tickets for this special exhibition are timed and limited. The final time slot each day occurs two hours before the close of the museum. Advance purchase is strongly recommended, especially on weekends when most tickets sell out well in advance. If you purchase tickets online, avoid waiting in line by printing your tickets from home and bringing them with you.

Individual Tickets

  • Adult: $16
  • Youth: $8

Members receive free tickets

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  • Adult Groups (15+): $12
  • Youth Groups (6-17): $8
  • School Groups (grades 5-12): $6 — discount good through December 23, 2011

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