November 10, 2013 |
What can we see in a face? Certainly we see genes, either felicitous or unfortunate. But do we also see the soul, a personality, a life, our selves, imperfections to be fixed or accepted, earning potential? Those are the sorts of questions that occupied a multidisciplinary group of experts - surgeons, psychologists, ethicists, lawyers, even an English professor - last weekend during what was thought to be the first U.S. academic meeting on appearance and identity. The University of Pennsylvania's Center for Human Appearance, which studies how the way we look affects everything else, hosted the two-day event.
August 24, 2013 |
There are two pivotal moments in Fernando Trueba's lovely, elegiac The Artist and the Model , and they both have to do with the elderly gentleman played by Jean Rochefort, a sculptor and painter by the name of Marc Cros, imparting a bit of wisdom to his new, young Catalan model, Mercé (Aida Folch). In one, she finds a drawing in his studio. It is by Rembrandt, of a child learning to walk. Cros explains that the Dutch master probably knocked it off in a flash, like a snapshot, a captured moment.
April 20, 2012 |
When people think of Philadelphia, they might imagine cheesesteaks and Rocky, the Phillies and the Flyers. They don't necessarily think of our city as an intellectual hub or a center of scientific research, but they should, said Steve Snyder, vice president for exhibit and program development at the Franklin Institute. This region is packed with top-notch universities, illustrious science museums, and booming technology-oriented businesses. Philadelphia is among the top five U.S. cities in National Institutes of Health grants, Snyder said.
December 25, 2011 |
For more than a decade, James W. Ray was trapped in a fog of drugs and mental illness. In and out of hospitals and emergency rooms, he sometimes landed in halfway houses or jail, one step from the streets. He told anyone who would listen that he was a rich man. That his family once had a 110-room mansion with masterpieces by Rembrandt and Renoir, and ancestral portraits by John Singer Sargent. That his great-granddad owned a racetrack in Miami. Nurses and caseworkers nodded politely while jotting down observations like "delusions of grandeur" and "inflated self-worth" in his records.
September 26, 2011 |
An exhibit of Rembrandt's paintings of Jesus at the Philadelphia Museum of Art has prompted conversations in Bible study groups, over lunch, and in adult-education classes before Sunday services. The subject is the image of a Christian savior whom Rembrandt depicts in a way that broke with tradition in the mid-17th century. Neither fine-boned nor fair-haired, the Dutch master's pivotal renderings show a Jesus with dark hair and Semitic features, a seeming embrace of his Jewish heritage.
July 31, 2011 |
On an otherwise unremarkable day about a decade ago, Lloyd DeWitt found himself poking around in the storage vaults of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Recently hired as assistant curator for the John G. Johnson Collection, DeWitt was seeking a deeper familiarity with the breadth of the collection, bequeathed to the museum in 1917. Among the paintings packed away in the darkness was a small head of Christ painted on wood and attributed by a stream of scholars to Rembrandt's workshop, but not to the great 17th-century master himself.
January 29, 2010 |
A Rembrandt van Rijn etching exhibit at Drexel University provides a fascinating look at the artist's genius and creative powers. Twenty featured etchings on loan from the W. Ann Reynolds and Thomas H. Kirschbaum collection had been acquired in Europe in the 1970s and '80s. Pride of place here goes to Rembrandt's most famous etching, Christ Preaching, or the "Hundred-Guilder Print" as it has been known from the start, c. 1643-49. The artist's most ambitious work in any medium and one of the most complex with 38 figures, it sums up Christ's mission.
September 3, 2007 |
It was the dawn of a new era of trans-fat-free foods in Philadelphia yesterday, and many diners were none too happy. Some were spitting mad. "This is exactly the sort of issue that the city should not be meddling in, what you put in your mouth," said Jim Reed, 52, a logistics manager, as he sat outside Rembrandt's restaurant in Fairmount, basking in the late-summer sun. "There are other issues that the City Council ought to be involved in...
April 27, 2007 |
A transcendental piece of filmmaking that takes the stoical, observational approach of documentarian Frederick Wiseman and adds a painterly visual aesthetic, Into Great Silence zooms in on a French monastery and the shaven-headed monks who go about their days working, praying and living a life devoted to God. The sprawling stone charter house of the Carthusian Order - founded by St. Bruno of Cologne in 1084 - is situated in a high valley of...