Saskia van Uylenburgh in ArcadianCostume
Oil on canvas
123.5 x 97.5 cm
© The National Gallery, London
Rembrandt’s portrait of his wife and muse Saskia has sparked an array of interpretations over the years. Her bright green dress decked with flowers, reflects the huge popularity in Dutch 17th-century society of the mythical paradise of Arcadia. This invites the question: are we looking at a true portrait, or did Rembrandt use Saskia as a model to create an image of something else? Join Justine in exploring the painting within the context of Rembrandt’s world, as we zoom in on his career, his family, and his exceptional ingenuity.