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Jan Lievens: Out of Rembrandt's Shadow
At the Milwaukee Art Museum through April 26, 2009.

Jan Lievens dazzles with the richness of its oil paintings and the versatilility of this rediscovered 17th century Dutch master. Long overshadowed by Rembrandt's reputation, and with many of his paintings previously attributed to Rembrandt due to similiarity in style, Lievens was not only a direct contemporary of Rembrandt but also his friend, drinking buddy, and artistic rival. The exhibition neatly balances showcasing Lievens' own talent with the myriad references to Rembrandt that make studying Lievens' work even more tantalizing. Among the works on view is the earliest depiction of Rembrandt known: Lievens used him as model in a jolly drinking scene. With fine portraits, grand Biblical scenes, landscapes in chalk, even etchings, the exhibition follows the artist's career from early works in his teens to the mature production of a sought-after society painter. This first exhibit devoted entirely to Jan Lievens' life and work is a pleasure all the way. A full-color catalogue is available. At the Milwaukee Art Museum through April 26, 2009.

Image: Self-Portrait, ca. 1629-1630. Oil on panel.

--Katherine R. Lieber

Katherine R. Lieber has edited ArtScope.net's Visual Arts reviews since 1998. Ms. Lieber is Editor and Associate Producer for ArtScope.net.

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