December 26, 2012

Dutch masters recreated through ironing

Filed under: Art by Branko Collin @ 6:10 pm

A Philips ad for the company’s line of irons has been doing the rounds on the Internet.

In it an anonymous artist recreates portraits by famous Dutch painters such as Girl with a Pearl Earring by Vermeer and self-portraits by Van Gogh and Rembrandt using little more than a white sheet and a steam iron.

The ad was made by the Russian branch of DDB, a worldwide advertising agency.

(Photo: crop of the video. Link: Trendbeheer)

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December 3, 2011

Old Man with Beard recognised as true Rembrandt

Filed under: Art by Branko Collin @ 2:17 pm

Researchers have added another painting to Rembrandt van Rijn’s portfolio. Ernst van de Wetering, head of the Rembrandt Research Group, said so yesterday at the Rembrandt House in Amsterdam where the painting is on loan.

The clincher appears to have been a portrait of the master that was found hiding underneath Old Man with Beard, a painting from 1630.

The Guardian writes:

The self-portrait’s style confirms that the Old Man, an oil on panel, was painted by Rembrandt around 1630, shortly before his move to Amsterdam, where he made his name as [a] painter of portraits with uncompromising realism. To some extent, the two images follow the same dimensions and there is considerable overlap.


December 9, 2009

Rembrandt rings up record price

Filed under: Art,Dutch first by Orangemaster @ 11:12 am

A painting entitled ‘Portrait of a man, half-length, with his arms akimbo’ by Rembrandt, which has not been seen in public for nearly 40 years sold at Christie’s auction house in London for a record € 22.3 mln on Tuesday 9 December according to our Dutch source, while other sources, including British paper The Guardian quotes it at € 20.2 mln. Either way, it’s a record. “It was painted during one of Rembrandt’s most artistically inventive periods, and is believed to be one of only two of the artist’s paintings from 1658 in existence.” It was also sold when he went bankrupt.