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An Asian Elephant by Rembrandt 1637

An Asian Elephant  by Rembrandt 1637

I had to say Farewell to this drawing of an elephant by Rembrandt last week. For two months I had been able to go and see this drawing and about 60 other examples of drawing from the collection of the British Museum. The exhibition was held at the Hull University just ten minutes walk from my home so I called in quite often to view them.

Rembrandt used a mixture of black chalk and charcoal in this vigorous drawing that was created in1637

The Exhibition was called “Lines of Thought” it uncovered the genius behind the drawings of some of art’s most prominent masters. From Dürer to Degas, Michelangelo to Matisse, Rembrandt to Riley, the exhibition examined the process and practice of drawing, illustrated by a selection of work created over 500 years. The Exhibition now moves on to Santa Fe in the USA not sure if I know anyone who lives close enough to the New Mexico city. After that exhibition closes all the drawings will be stored away for at least a decade as they are so light sensitive they are only allowed to be displayed for a short period every ten years.

It struck me that while there are thousands of wonderful photographs of elephants out there perhaps Rembrandt with a few deft lines captured the spirit of elephantness better than any photographic image I wonder what you guys think.

THANKS FOR YOUR VISIT AND FOR TAKING THE TIME TO WRITE A COMMENT IT’S MUCH APPRECIATED AND SO MUCH MORE INTRESTING THAN JUST GIVING A FAVE

Posted by >keithhull on 2017-03-07 08:00:46