'Late Rembrandt' - the catalogue

October 15 2014

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Picture: NG

The catalogue for the 'Late Rembrandt' show (above) is not a traditional catalogue - that is, there are no entries for the individual pictures. Instead, it's a series of essays. I'm an old stick in the mud when it comes to these things, so I prefer in depth analysis of each picture.

More curious, though, is the fact that if you want to know the provenance of the exhibits, you need to download a seperate PDF from the National Gallery website, here. There's 'selected literature' available too, but only some of the entries have page numbers. 

I think it's great that this information is freely available on the NG's website, but I'd have liked to have had it in the catalogue too. Perhaps it was considered necessary to save the cost of printing the extra 35 pages. Or is it just that not many people are interested in this kind of thing any more?

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