De Spiegels van Rembrandt
During his life, Rembrandt made numerous self-portraits. He looked at himself in the mirror for hours. What did he see? New theories continually come up about the 'why' question behind these self-portraits. Do the theories give more insight into the work of Rembrandt, or do they sketch instead a picture of their own time?
During the exhibition Rembrandt 2000, the sculpture 'de leestafel' ('the reading table') gives a contemporary picture of various fascinating aspects of Rembrandt's work: curiosity towards the 'self-portrait', the working of light, the mirror, and the role of the observer.
Finally, the work is — just like various works of Rembrandt's — not yet 'finished'. You can add to 'the reading table': what do you see when you look in the mirror? Send in your observation, and I will quote you! *
You can e-mail your observation to De Spiegels van Rembrandt. The quote will then be included on 'the reading table'.* This is possible in the period preceding the exhibition, but also during the months of October, November, and December, 1999. 'the reading table' will be updated each week.
mirror (mír-cr) [M.E. < mirour fr. O.F.] mirrors, mirroring, mirrored. 1.a. n. a polished surface, esp. of glass backed with silver or mercury, which reflects light, and on which images can therefore be seen, also "looking glass", full-length mirror, rearview mirror, (fig.) hold a mirror up to someone b. any smooth or polished object whose surface reflects light and images, (fig.) the eyes are the mirror of the soul c. a true portrayal or representation, his novel is a mirror of the times 2. v.t. to reflect in or as if in a mirror, the clear water mirrored the blue sky, (fig.) the inequalities between the sexes were mirrored in life in general 3. n. mirror image: the image of something, having its parts reversed by or as if by the reflecting action of a mirror, the room beyond proved to be a mirror image of the front room. mirror (mír-cr) [M.E. < mirour fr. O.F.mirrors, mirroring, mirrored. 1.a. n. a polished surface, esp. of glass backed with sil