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Rembrandt at the National Gallery: the greatest show on earth

Veronese can show you a beautiful Madonna; but Rembrandt lets you read Bathsheba's thoughts

25 October 2014

9:00 AM

25 October 2014

9:00 AM

At the opening of Rembrandt: The Late Works at the National Gallery (until 18 January), I met a painter friend of mine in the final room. This was, he said, one of the most magnificent exhibitions he had seen in his entire life, which — considering he is perhaps 70 and a frequent visitor of galleries — was praise indeed (and entirely deserved).

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