Rembrandt and the New Christians


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(This is Paris Girl’s favorite Rembrandt – and if you want to see it, you’ll have to go to the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester NY!)

If you are a Rembrandt fan, you won’t want to miss the March 28th -opening:
MUSEE D’ART ET D’HISTOIRE DU JUDAISME
Hôtel de Saint-Aignan 71, rue du Temple 75003 PARIS
Metro : Rambuteau
RER : Châtelet Les Halles

Rembrandt and the New Jerusalem: Jews and Christians in Amsterdam during the ‘Golden Century’ (17th Century). The exhibit is part of a larger celebration of Rembrandt’s 400th birthday celebration – you may remember that earlier this year Paris Girl celebrated Rembrandt’s birthday by visiting his ‘Portrait of a Young Man’ which found it’s home at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY after it had been stolen from the George Eastman House in the 1970s – and recovered for the pleasure of future generations.

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What makes the MAJH Paris exhibit an extraordinary one is the emphasis on the arrival of recently ‘converted’ Christian/Jewish immigrants in Amsterdam. Amsterdam had a reputation at that time as being a tolerant city (it probably still is in many ways).

In that sense, the exhibit is not just a chance to view five Rembrandt paintings – seen in France for the first time – but also to gather an impression of the city where Rembrandt lived and encountered immigrants with many stories to tell. Over 190 works – sketches, prints, manuscript etc. have been assembled for the show.

For more information, visit the Museum of Jewish Art and History:
www.mahj.org