Starting next month, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will feature a historic exhibit.
Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus will run from Aug. 3 to Oct. 30, featuring iconic works from legendary 17th-century Dutch painter and etcher Rembrandt van Rijn.
The exhibit, which is arriving in Philly straight from The Louvre, will be the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s first Rembrandt exhibit since 1932 and the it’s first ever to feature paintings from the artist.
The collection, which features seven paintings from 1643 to 1655, is believed to include pieces from Rembrandt’s private collection, which he hung in his bedroom.
Those works were groundbreaking at the time, as Rembrandt used a live model to depict Jesus whereas the prevailing method of the time for capturing Jesus’ likeness was only to strictly copy established prototypes.
Furthermore, this collection marks the first uniting of the seven paintings in about 350 years, and, for three of them, their first visit to the United States.
The seven paintings will be accompanied by more than 50 paintings, drawings and prints, many of which, due to their prohibitively delicate nature, are rarely on display.
The event will also feature Rembrandt’s Supper at Emmaus and his Passion of Christ series.