Directed by Oeke Hoogendijk
Streaming starts Monday, February 8
“An alluring documentary portrait of the people who own Rembrandt portraits”—Owen Gleiberman, Variety
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, the grandmaster of intimacy rocks the art world; 350 years after his death, many people, even entire nations are obsessed with his paintings. Aristocrats cherish, experts rule, art dealers investigate, collectors hunt, museums battle. The epic documentary My Rembrandt dives deep into the art world of Old Masters, exploring the motives of its elite.
While many have traveled all over the world to view Rembrandt’s work in museums, this documentary takes us into the private collections and stately homes of those who live with their cherished paintings.
Jan Six XI, a charismatic Dutch art dealer, comes from a family who owns a number of Rembrandt’s paintings (including the 1654 Portrait of Jan Six). The action in the film is spurred on when Six discovers a painting in the Christie’s catalogue that is described as being in the Rembrandt family—possibly by an associate. Six is sure that it must really be painted by the actual Rembrandt, but he must move quietly and methodically to snare the painting at auction and begin the intriguing process of authentication. Brushstrokes are examined, x-rays performed, thread counts of canvas taken to prove that they may have come from a roll of a proven work.
So much is on the line for Six as his reputation hangs in the balance and the painting could bring in tens of millions of dollars at auction. Allegiances are tested, scandals erupt, spurious accusations lobbied, and museum directors roiled as word of Six’s acquisition is revealed. My Rembrandt is a fascinating behind-the-scenes documentary about how rare works are discovered and the fervent hunger for ownership of the most-rare paintings in the world. 2020, The Netherlands, in Dutch, English and French with English subtitles, 97 minutes. Recommended for 16 +
Behind the Curtain: My Rembrandt
March 3, 12 pm ET via Zoom
Jan Six, the dynamic art gallerist featured in the documentary My Rembrandt, will be able to join the Zoom discussion of the film along with director Oeke Hoogendijk, the Speed’s Curator of European and American Painting and Sculpture Erika Holmquist Wall, and Speed Film Curator Dean Otto.
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