Foto: Leif Mattsson, ownership: Royal Academy of Fine Arts

Foto: Leif Mattsson, ownership: Royal Academy of Fine Arts

First time in UK for remarkable Rembrandt painting

I am very proud that the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Sweden agreed to an exceptional loan of the remarkable Rembrandt painting “The Conspiracy of the Batavians under Claudius Civilis”. This is the first time ever that the painting has been shown in the UK. In fact the painting has only been outside Sweden on three occasions since it was acquired by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

It has taken many years for the National Gallery to prepare for the exhibition on the Late Works of Rembrandt. At today’s opening of the exhibition the painting Claudius Civilis was in a perfect spot. This truly highlighted the dramatic light and shadow in the painting in a beautiful way. There are many things that can be said about Claudius Civilis, but for those who are interested in learning more I suggest listening to the famous historian Simon Schama’s excellent presentation on YouTube.

In addition, the exhibition at National Gallery is a must for everyone that wants to see something quite exceptional. The late works of Rembrandt that are exhibited are testimony to a remarkably talented painter who constantly challenged himself. As Rembrandt encountered numerous tragedies and setbacks he kept on embracing new challenges in his works of art. Maybe this is what makes him so special and his compositions so moving.

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