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ARTH 175 — Rembrandt: A 350th-Anniversary Retrospective

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Sep 23—Oct 28
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 6
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $360
Instructor(s): Alexander Nemerov
7:00—8:50 pm
Sep 23—Oct 28
6 weeks
Drop By
Oct 6
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Alexander Nemerov
Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–69) is one of the most sublime artists who ever lived, the painter of such renowned pictures as The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp, The Night Watch, Bathsheba at Her Bath, and Jacob Wrestling with the Angel. Looking closely at Rembrandt’s art, and asking what it has to offer us now, we will understand the artist as a magician, a brilliant and even unnerving counterfeiter of life, who was able to create uncanny semblances of people and places.

Moving around his career, from the 1620s to the 1660s, we will focus on the following topics: the model (how Rembrandt’s paintings invite us to imagine a real person there in the studio); the entourage (how Rembrandt’s most famous painting, The Night Watch, creates a whole group of these presences); the outside force (how Rembrandt portrays supernatural visitations); the light (Rembrandt’s light is a heavy light, and his darkness is a light darkness); and the silence.

This year marks the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death, and this course is an extraordinary opportunity to explore his life and work in the company of one of America’s most influential art historians.

Alexander Nemerov, Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities, Stanford

Alexander Nemerov is chair of the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford, and has been voted one of the university’s top ten professors by The Stanford Daily. In 2017, he presented the Sixty-Sixth A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts at the National Gallery of Art. His most recent books are Silent Dialogues: Diane Arbus & Howard Nemerov, Wartime Kiss: Visions of the Moment in the 1940s, and Soulmaker: The Times of Lewis Hine. Nemerov received a PhD from Yale.

Textbooks for this course:

(Recommended) Simon Schama, Rembrandt's Eyes (ISBN 978-0141979533)