The Native Tourist
reformed/biblical observations on Christianity and culture

Monday, August 21, 2006
Those Dark, Brown Paintings

“It was a dark, brooding painting that was thought to reflect Rembrandt’s depression at the time of his bankruptcy. Then, with conservation, it was revealed that this deep, brooding tonality was in large part dirty varnish. It’s got a wonderful blue sky and clouds, which had not been seen since the beginning of the 19th century. It was hugely shocking.”

--Arthur Wheelock quoted in an article in ArtNews on Rembrandt.