Synopsis by Sally Barber
This two-part documentary begins with a profile of the paramount artist of the great age of Dutch painting, Rembrandt van Rijn. "Painter of Man" recounts the 40 years between the first proud and self-assured self-portrait the artist painted, and the last, that of a weary and worn old man. More than 600 of Rembrandt's paintings have survived through the centuries. The program showcases a number of these, detailing Rembrandt's unique ability to capture and depict the many aspects of humanity with his original and expressive style. Part two of the program, The Restoration of The Night Watch", documents the restoration of Rembrandt's most famous painting after it was slashed into pieces in 1975 at an Amsterdam museum. Viewers observe the tedious process, including the canvas repair, varnish removal, and cleaning. The in-depth look at Rembrandt and his masterpieces provides new insights into this powerful force in Western art.
Holland, masterpiece, painting, restoration, self-portrait