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Published on May 23, 2011

Released in 2006 in the U.K., this clip is part of a video of a Simon Schama TV series entitled "Power of Art" which gives a glimpse of the interesting life and art of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, "one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art history and the most important in Dutch history."

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Comments • 49

Jason Drake
Nicely done, good concise history but seems to be overly dramatic. The repetition of that music track looping continuously throughout the video about drove me nuts. 
Andrey Smith
Savage
Kat Harper
I could listen to Simon Schama read from a telephone directory...if they had those around anymore . His wry, crisp, irony-laden delivery can bring even the most lacklustre material to fascinating life. But when the material springs from HIS mind, the result, for me, is utterly spellbinding; has me caught up in his narrative, from the first word to the last syllable. Truly a tour de force of delicious information. Every bit as excellent as his "History Of Britain". Thank you so much for posting " Simon Schama's Power Of Art".
Tristan van Oosten
I think we should that the Dutch State should buy The Conspiracy of Claudius Civilis from the Swedish National Gallery and give it the place it rightfully deserves:  in the Lower House. Right next to a Dutch (and European) flag so this is what the representatives see when they are at work. It will remind them to honour the people and do their work. We could always buy the original and hang it at the place where it was supposed to hang in the Amsterdam City Hall and use a big fresco instead.  Another nice gesture would be to copy the famous statue in the Amsterdam City Hall/Royal Palace of Justice trampling Avarice.
esther Szalay
Wonderful presentation! Thank you.
H. Harrison
Thank you for posting. An eloquent analysis of a complex genius.
Fred Dietz
Interesting, how the craftsman is who is remembered and respected, whereas the power-players who commissioned him are not. And that’s because the officials of his day really were power-players, with all the vacuousness of character implied by that title. Everyone knows the political hacks of their era, perhaps fears them greatly while in office, yet forgets about them almost entirely once they die. If nothing else, time is its own sifter of humanity’s treasure from its trash.
Gordon Freeman
claudius syphilis. he he he.
huskyjerk
A+  Wish they would commission a painter to complete to the fullest the work Rembrandt had destroyed.   Much like they did with the Last Supper, which was redone with a complete copy. 
king shaman
Rembrandt was the realest!
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