Friday, 24 February 2006

Tulips in Amsterdam?

The Sacrifice of Isaac (1596)
Thinking of a romantic weekend in Holland in March or April to see the tulips in flower? Here's another incentive: the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is celebrating the 400th anniversary of Rembrandt's birth with an exhibition that, for the first time, compares the art of Rembrandt with that of the Italian painter who so obviously inspired him: Caravaggio. The exhibition opened today and runs until 18 June.
Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Rembrandt's teacher Pieter Lastman all painted The Sacrifice of Abraham/Isaac. To see the Rembrandt version, click the title link. To see a full-screen graphic of the Caravaggio version - my favourite -, which has been enhanced by Coxsoft-Art adjustments to contrast, gamma and brightness settings, click the Caravaggio above.


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