Ernst van de Wetering (1938 - 2021)

August 15 2021

Video: Toledo Museum of Art

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Sad news to report that the Dutch art historian Ernst van de Wetering (1938 - 2021) passed away last week. Van de Wetering became one of the great modern scholars on Rembrandt. He is most widely known for his association with the Rembrandt Research Project, an endeavour he dedicated 46 years of his life to. The six volumes of the Corpus of Rembrandt's Paintings, begun in 1982 and finished in 2014, will surely remain one of the greatest pieces dedicated to questions of authenticity, connoisseurship and scientific analysis. This is not to mention the other books he has published on the artist, which always made for extremely enjoyable reading in my experience.

Fortunately, there are many of his videos on YouTube to browse through, which give a wonderful sense of his passion for the artist and period.

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