Rembrandt’s Old Men and Beggars

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The story of the ‘Dutch Golden Age’ is one of wealth and prestige and the artist Rembrandt is often placed at its centre. However, if we look beyond his paintings, to the almost 300 prints and 150 drawings he left, we see a focus on the elderly, the poor and the sick – lives that were anything but opulent. This lecture will explore Rembrandt’s humanity, what drove his interest in these subjects and how he made compelling and compassionate art about some of the marginalised citizens of Amsterdam.



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SKU: Rembrandt’s Old Men and Beggars Category: Visual art


Speaker: Sarah Jaffray

Sarah Jaffray holds a BA and MA in Art History with an emphasis in 19th/20th century France and a minor in the Italian Renaissance. She holds a second MA in Cultural Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London. Sarah was a lecturer for several colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area before relocating to London in 2012. She has worked in curatorial roles at the British Museum and Wellcome Collection. Sarah is currently a lecturer at the University of Arts London and Coordinator for City Lit’s Art History programme. Her art historical practice focuses on experimental narratives, artistic process, art pedagogy, politics and philosophy. Sarah’s current research is focused on translation and empathy.

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