Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Roses and Rembrandt

I once visited Rembrandt's rooms in Amsterdam. His studio was a virtual walk-in cabinet of curiosities with natural artifacts like huge shells and an enormous turtle carapace.

I wanted to take a bit of that room with me, but the only tangible thing I came away with was a postcard of a Rembrandt shell drawing, and a couple of museum posters.

This one depicts an early self-portrait of which Rembrandt rendered a great many.

Of the influence of art Marcel Proust said this:

Only through art can we get outside of ourselves and know another's view of the universe which is not the same as ours and see landscapes which would otherwise have remained unknown to us like the landscapes of the moon. Thanks to art, instead of seeing a single world, our own, we see it multiply until we have before us as many worlds as there are original artists . . . And many centuries after their core, whether we call it Rembrandt or Vermeer, is extinguished, they continue to send us their special rays.

The Maxims of Marcel Proust

In a simpler way, our sharing here accomplishes much the same thing. We view more of the universe, share our worlds and our landscapes.

So I am sharing Rembrandt with you. He's good company to have. Always quiet, and doesn't make much of a mess. Even if he is always reminding you of how brilliant he is!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving behind a few of your special rays--
Ciao! for now!


I'm joining Kathleen over at Faded Charm for another White Wednesday.
Visit there for more wonderful white!


My Grama's Soul said...

Hi Jacqueline.....that was my mother's name and has always been a favorite of mine.

Don't know if I have stopped by and commented before but your blog and your post today are lovely. Art truly does expand our any form we encounter it!!



Anonymous said...

He truly was an amazing artist, wasn't he? I'm always amazed when one person encompasses so much talent.
Your roses are gorgeous!
Happy WW!
~ Jo :)

Sandi said...

Hello! You gotta love someone who is quiet and doesn't make a mess!! lol Love your roses too!!

Sherry said...

Beautiful! I can't wait to plant some roses. Yours are just lovely.

Bella said...

Hi Jacqueline... Beautiful and profound... I so admire your way with words!

32˙North said...

Hi Jacqueline,

That trophy makes such a wonderful vase - the silver and white roses look great together!


Boxwood Cottage said...

Oh his room must have been divine, I love natural artifacts!
Love your roses too such a gorgeous bouquet!
Happy WW wishes sends you

Boom Nisanart said...

OOO..I love the way you take photos from the white rose...look so sweet : )

Everyday Melbourne

Rebecca said...

Thanks for sharing-history and elegance!

Alaina said...

Jacqueline, that was beautiful. I think it is interesting to try to find out how other perceive the word because it is not the same. I love the roses and glimps into your room. Have a wonderful day.

Kathleen said...

Hi Jacqueline,
Such a beautiful post.. as always..
It is a pleasure reading your blog. Your words convey such beauty and warmth, all so very inviting.

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Beautiful post and I love the roses. Thanks for sharing.

@nemonen said...

Such a beautiful photos. White roses and Rembrant. Amazing artist and amazing white roses. I love white roses. have a nice day.

{ L } said...

What a gorgeous and poetic post. It was very soothing to view. I wish I had a bundle of white roses right now!

~~Carol~~ said...

Each photo is more beautiful than the last, and I love the way you surround yourself with so many gorgeous pieces!
Happy WW!

Kay said...

And what a beautiful world and landscape you have (especially that room)!! Thanks for sharing!

Lynette Killam said...

Jacqueline..this is simply a beautiful post! I enjoyed everything about it..your words..your photos. I,too, am a lover of the 17th century Dutch Masters, particularly Vermeer...and of course, Rembrandt. I remain fascintated by his extensive body of self-portraits. I have only been to Amsterdam briefly, but would like to have seen his studio, and the Rijksmuseum..not to mention Anne Frank's secret annexe.

So glad I came by to visit today...


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