...And to his robbery had annexed thy breath;
But, for his theft, in pride of all his growth
A vengeful canker eat him up to death.
More flowers I noted, yet I none could see,
But sweet, or colour it had stol'n from thee.
(Excerpt from Shakespeare's Sonnet 99) •
The ubiquity of Rembrandt's "The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp" is indisputable. Painted in 1632 this work was impressively created by the then young and eager Rembrandt, a novice still honing his skills, and has been the subject of numerous modern reinventions and renditions. The overzealous characters crowd around Dr Tulp, who displays the cadaver's splayed forearm, and who undeniably commands our focus. But the highlight of the piece, at least for me, has always been the petty thief believed to be and known as Adriaen Adriaenszoon, Aris 't Kint, A.K. Delicately portrayed, his prostrate body lies parallel to the picture plane. Illuminated, pale, and glowing, his body is depicted in soft clusters of strokes, and at his feet, a book is propped open. If it weren't for his shocking, sinewy forearm, the scene borders on serene. Today is #Rembrandt birthday, born in 1606, and "The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp" was painted when the artist was just in his mid-20s--A clichéd choice perhaps, but a painting I find sadly and cruelly fitting for a tragic weekend for international news. •
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