Sunday, July 7, 2019

Applauding the Great Master

The Global Tribute to Rembrandt is a year of digital homage to Rembrandt in museums around the world beginning on the 350th anniversary of his death, October 4, 1669. The biblical tradition on which Rembrandt’s angel artworks are based honors people on the day they complete their lives rather than on their birthdays. It is like applauding after seeing a great play instead of when the curtain opens.

The top image is the fa├žade of Rembradthuis Museum in Amsterdam where Rembrandt created his angels.  The bottom image shows artist Mel Alexenberg, dressed as Rembrandt’s friend Rabbi Menasseh Ben Israel, receiving a cyberangel from a fax machine on Rembrandt’s etching press in his studio in 1989. (See Rembrandt Inspired Cyberangels Circle the Globe via AT&T Satellites)

The cyberangel image in Rembrandt's studio is on the cover of Mel Alexenberg's latest book Through a Bible Lens: Biblical Insights for Smartphone Photography and Social Media. See praise for the book at Israel365.

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