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Young Rembrandt

7 August 2020

While some museums remain shuttered due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Apollo’s usual weekly pick of exhibitions will include shows at institutions that are now reopening as well as digital projects providing virtual access to art and culture.

With the reopening of the Ashmolean Museum on 10 August comes another chance to see this display of work from Rembrandt’s early career (until 1 November). It begins with the Dutch painter’s earliest known works from the 1620s, produced in his home town of Leiden, and goes on to reveal his remarkably rapid transformation over the course of the following decade, from tentative teenager to assured master. For more information, visit the Ashmolean’s website; and here’s Laura Gascoigne’s review of the exhibition when it was on show at the Museum De Lakenhal Leiden.

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A Peddler Selling Spectacles (1624), Rembrandt van Rijn.

A Peddler Selling Spectacles (1624), Rembrandt van Rijn. Museum de Lakenhal, Leiden

Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem (1630), Rembrandt van Rijn. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem (1630), Rembrandt van Rijn. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Rembrandt's Father (1628–29), Rembrandt van Rijn.

Rembrandt’s Father (1628–29), Rembrandt van Rijn. Ashmolean, University of Oxford

Rembrandt Laughing (c. 1628), Rembrandt van Rijn. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles