Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

After I toured the Peterson Air Force Base museum I had planned some other outdoor activities.  The weather looked threatening, however, with rain trying to work it’s way towards town so I decided to do some of the indoor things on my list.

This museum had several different exhibits and I took lots of photos.  I am having a problem getting them offloaded from my phone to my computer but hopefully I can get them recovered.  I can see them on the phone in the Gallery, but they won’t transfer.

Here are two that I can access.  There were many, many etchings by Rembrandt.  Most were quite small (maybe 8 or 10 inches square) but some were larger. ALL of them were incredibly detailed.  And I mean incredibly!

I noticed a guy using a magnifying glass to examine one of the etchings.  I whispered  “That’s a great idea” and he turned around and pointed to a table in the middle of the room.  The museum had lots of magnifying glasses available for people to use.  What a great idea!

It’s no wonder Rembrandt is considered one of the Masters.  I could hardly believe what I was seeing.  The detail simply defies description.  There are so many subtle things, often in the background, which you might miss with the naked eye.  And the etchings are so lifelike.  Facial features, shading, expressions, depth, surroundings.  Just incredible.

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This picture is very blurry.  This etching was one of my favorites and I spent quite a bit of time examining it.  I think I am going to buy a book with clearer pictures (or at least borrow one from a library) so I can study them at my leisure.

Here is another, a landscape scene.  A much simpler etching but, again, the details (of both the objects close to the viewer and those in the distance) were amazing.

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And keep in mind, Rembrandt made these etchings in the early 1600’s!