344 Some Rothschild Rembrandts, seen and unseen

The deal is done. The Louvre and Rijksmuseum have come into shared ownership of Rembrandt’s earliest full-length, life-size portraits. Buyers and sellers proclaim piously that they were driven by angst that these cultural treasures might disappear to Arabia or China. Schwartz tests that proposition and finds it wanting. Continue reading “344 Some Rothschild Rembrandts, seen and unseen”

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The meanings of Rembrandt

In October 2014 the Szépmüvészeti Múzeum in Budapest opened the large and ambitious exhibition Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age, with 195 displays, mainly paintings. It was accompanied by a correspondingly large, magnificently printed 606-page catalogue. Preceding the entries are five essays, one of which I wrote and which with the kind permission of the museum I make available on Schwartzlist Documents.

Gary Schwartz, “The meanings of Rembrandt,” in exhib. cat. Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age, Budapest (Szépmüvészeti Múzeum) 2014, pp. 36-57

174 Shoot the piano player’s girlfriend

That François Truffaut’s masterly film Shoot the piano player is based on the David Goodis novel Down there is acknowledged by the director. What Truffaut did not realize is that Goodis’s book is a retelling of Joseph Conrad’s Victory. [Having published this discovery in 2003, Schwartz is dismayed that no one seems interested in it. Cahiers du Cinéma did not answer his mail on the subject.] Continue reading “174 Shoot the piano player’s girlfriend”