Gallery Talk

Rembrandt’s Saskia van Uylenburgh in Arcadian Costume

Talks | 7 April 2022 - 7 April 2022

Join Justine Rinnooy Kan, Dorset Curatorial Fellow (Paintings 1600-1800), The National Gallery to discover more about the masterpiece

1-2pm 07/04/2022

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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.

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