Monday, March 2, 2020

Rembrandt-inspired Cyberangels Fly into His Amsterdam Studio



Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam honors the great master on the 350th year of his death by presenting the “Inspired by Rembrandt” exhibition described in the text below from the museum’s website:

Inspired by Rembrandt
100 Years of Collecting by The Rembrandt House Museum
The Rembrandt House is not just Rembrandt’s former home and workshop; for more than a century it has been a museum with its own collection. The collection consists primarily of works on paper. Rembrandt’s etchings are of course well represented, but the museum also has prints by his predecessors and contemporaries as well as by modern and contemporary artists who were inspired by Rembrandt
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This Global Tribute to Rembrandt blog is my new media contribution to “Inspired by Rembrandt.” It documents virtual flights of cyberangels ascending from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and coming down into 30 museums on five continents that have my Rembrandt-inspired artworks in their collections. 

My “Digitized Homage to Rembrandt: Day Angels” lithograph was acquired by the Rembrandt House Museum for its collection on the 320th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death. In image above, I am dressed in period garb in Rembrandt’s studio receiving a computer-generated cyberangel from a fax machine on his etching press. The cyberangel on a circumglobal flight is coming from New York to Amsterdam on its way to Jerusalem, Tokyo, Los Angeles, and back to New York.  See the whole story in my Jerusalem Report article (26 January 2020) at ARTISTSTORY.  

The cyberangel images represent the angels in Jacob’s dream in the Biblical verse, “He had a vision in a dream. A ladder was standing on the ground, its top reaching up towards heaven as Divine angels were going up and down on it.” (Genesis 28:12) Angels in Jacob’s dream go up from the Land of Israel and go down throughout the world.

The background for Global Tribute to Rembrandt is offered in my book Through a Bible Lens that presents biblical insights for the age of new media. On its cover below, its shows cyberangels spiraling up from a satellite image of the Land of Israel on a smartphone screen. See praise for the book from Christian and Jewish spiritual leaders and experts on digital culture at Israel365.



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