Oberlin College and Conservatory

Revelation in the Shadows: Rembrandt, the Jews, and Jesus

Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 5:00pm

Allen Memorial Art Building, Classroom 1
87 North Main Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

Revelation in the Shadows: Rembrandt, the Jews, and Jesus is a  presentation by Shelley Perlove, emerita professor at the University of Michigan.

Professor Perlove will focus upon Rembrandt's biblical narratives in the Oberlin exhibition, with special emphasis upon his late, deeply-shadowed prints in the "dark manner." Her discussion of the context for these powerful works of art situates them within the spiritual concerns of Jews and Christians in Amsterdam in the 1650s.

A close look at these etchings in comparison with earlier prints in the show reveals the evolution of the artist's interpretations of the face of Jesus. Professor Perlove is a Rembrandt scholar and coauthor of the award-winning book, Rembrandt's Faith: Church and Temple in the Dutch Golden Age, published by Penn State University Press.

In 2011 she served on the scientific team and contributed to the catalogue for the exhibition, Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus, which opened at the Louvre and travelled to Philadelphia and Detroit.

This event is is present with support from the Art History Baldwin Endowment. 

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Arts, Lectures/Symposia/Workshops


Academic, Art, Religion


Free to the public

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Christina Neilson

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