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Visiting an exhibition in person is a much richer experience than visiting online. Leave a comment to share your thoughts and impressions with others about Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus.

My sister and I joined the museum and loved the exhibit. My only disappointment was in the Rembrandt Jesus mug I bought in the gift store. My coffee leaked at the handle joint.

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Laurel Arbogast - 11.13.2011 - 10:26 PM
I was surprised and annoyed that there was a kind of required absolute silence. I was shushed by other patrons when speaking quietly about the art work. This was an art exhibit, not a church service or a library. Never had that happen before - The exhibit itself was crowded both on the walls and with people. The hype exceeded the work. There was a lot that wasn't his. Never-the-less it was good to see the art work and wonderful to see his work.

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Anonymous - 11.4.2011 - 11:25 PM
I wonder if the way Rouse later regretted inventing shopping malls, if Hoving would ever have regretted inventing the blockbuster gift shop. It says to me, "in case you thought this was a show about a major artist of the period when Holland was the most powerful country in the world, surprise! It was really about cookies and toys! We hope you'll leave with your last thought about Jesus action figures!" Oh well, I
guess I'm getting old and curmudgeonly. Oh right, and then take a survey not about what you thought of the show, but about how much you spent before and after seeing it. Sigh.

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Anonymous - 11.1.2011 - 10:17 PM
While I found the exhibit to be interesting, it came nowhere close to the hype which proceeded it. The small number of actual paintings by Rembrandt was disappointing and the large number of studio works was odd. While the prints and drawings did much to elucidate the theme, their small size compared to the crowds made the impact far weaker. Without the hype and the timed entrance, the show would have been far better.

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Davis d'Ambly - 11.1.2011 - 12:56 PM
Disappointed in the exaggerated scale of the exhibit. The quality of the prints left much to be desired, especially after seeing much of the same and more at the Frick recently. At best this was an intimate show and the relayionship of what was the thme and what was shown was severly impeded by the lack of examples making the point of the impact of Rembeandt's radical departure from the norm.

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Gerald Jacobson - 11.1.2011 - 9:04 AM
I saw the exhibit on the Sunday, one week before it closed. One of the guards confided that 4000 people were scheduled for that day. Do you really think that you can show an exhibit of largely small pictures to this many people and not ruin it! I have no criticism of the exhibit. Instead, all the good work done was ruined by the need to crowd this many people in front of very small pictures. This was absolutely no fun and the worst exhibit experience I've ever had.

Mike Borofsky

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Mike - 11.1.2011 - 6:13 AM
I loved the exhibit though was disturbed by the repeated focus of the curators on the features of the nose and eyes of the faces of Jesus, and comparing them to Jewish features of his neighbors in Amsterdam. This can lead people to think that all Jews look a certain way, which they don't, and has been a basis for antisemitism in history.

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Anonymous - 11.1.2011 - 12:28 AM
Shame on me! To love Rembrandt for so many years and not to realize how revolutionary his work was in the most important aspect of art at the time. This exhibit was a real eye opener.
But it raised a question that I couldn't ask while being there, so maybe someone can answer me now: it is known fact that there were religious restrictions forbidding Jews the display of the entire human body. Did Rembrandt painted his images from the memory, or there were real sitters who disobeyed religious prescriptions, or the Jews of Amsterdam were so modernized, or??? If anyone has a real answer, i would greatly appreciate.

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Marina - 10.31.2011 - 11:37 PM
I saw the Rembrandt exhibition in the final hour on Sunday before it closed. It was a wonderful exhibition...beautifully curated. I enjoyed the recorded comments and the beautiful choice of music on the head phones.

Although there were crowds, everyone was very courteous and allowed each individual the space needed to see the paintings in the close-up required to do them justice. The paintings, engravings & drawings are exquisite, full of feeling, and deeply moving.

My only criticism is that occasionally the printed comments did not differentiate between fact and legend. For example, the pieces of cloth reputedly imprinted with the features of Christ and reputedly in one case sent by Christ to Turkey, were discussed as though confirmed fact rather than legend. Some textual sourcing would have been helpful here.

But this is only a minor matter. Overall, this was a wonderful experience.

Thank you to all responsible.

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Monica Flint - 10.31.2011 - 8:47 PM
I was not into Jesus or Rembrandt--But this exhibit was great! That Rembrandt lived in the Jewish quarter and used his
Jewish neighbors as models, in the 1600's, when Jews were vilified, just astounded me! One of the models has eyes like a fellow I dated (also Jewish) in my 20's. Reading the notes was so informative. The descriptions of Rembrandt's stylistic innovations were enlightening...I can appreciate him so very much more. Thank you!

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Patricia Myrick - 10.31.2011 - 7:09 PM
Enjoyed the exhibit more than I thought I would- I was impressed that Rembrandt was so innovative.
My compliments to the Museum staff- from the reception desk to security to the gift shop workers, the staff was pleasant, helpful and friendly. This marks a great improvement and it made our visit all the better

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sue - 10.31.2011 - 6:13 PM
Perhaps one of the ten finest exhibitions I ever seen in my life, thorough, well displayed, excellent electronic guide, supportive background of several kind. I felt really moved, as did my guest. Congratulations to the Philadelphia Art Museum for a magnificent, commendable exhibit sure to make its mark on anyone who was happy enough to have seen it.

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Charles J. Norman - 10.31.2011 - 4:34 PM
I saw the exhibit last Wednesday with a friend. I saw it free, as a member, but my friend felt it was not worth the $23 she spent, because it was overbooked, crowded, and the displays were difficult to see. The paintings were magnificent, but I couldn't get close enough to read the placards. There is nothing wrong with my sight, but it was difficult to get close enough to read them and there was not enough space between items. The drawings were very difficult to see from behind the mob, and there was not enough time to study them because the "line" was moving quickly. It was the last week but that shouldn't matter, since tickets were purchased in advance. I was embarrassed because it was my friend's first visit to the Art Museum.

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hoover - 10.31.2011 - 4:16 PM
White is a color. While it is likely that anyone from the Middle East would not be of Caucasian (ie. from the Caucasius mountains), Jesus is also represented in a cultural tradition which, until fairly recently has been predominantly European - and Caucasian.

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observer - 10.31.2011 - 4:03 PM
Jess, you do realize that your desire to have Jesus as "a person of color" is more racist than this exhibit, right? Honestly, you should probably stay away from any future art exhibits, or any intellectual endeavors at all, as your racist attitude will most likely ruin the experience for the intelligent people around you.

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Jess is a racist - 10.30.2011 - 11:29 PM
I always envisioned that Jesus was a person of color and felt disappointed that this was not expressed in Rembrandt's work. While I do understand that this is "classic art", I also think this is just one of the many ways in which racism exists in our society. There was no prominent clarification that what Jesus actually looked like is different than how Rembrandt painted him. As a result, I think this exhibit was isolating of exclusive to people of color and seemed to cater to a very white audience. If you are sensitive to racial homogeneity, I would not suggest this exhibit.

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Jess - 10.30.2011 - 4:59 PM
Audio tours are creepy. All those people, and nothing to say? Not at all? Well, maybe it's not the audio tours that are creepy so much as the lack of verbal flow. This is a museum...not a library.

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He-Who-Hears - 10.30.2011 - 4:57 PM
I have seen the face of Jesus; and he looked whiter than I remembered. Much much whiter.

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He-Who-Knows - 10.30.2011 - 4:54 PM
That was a really great exhibit I wish I could see it again.

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Sofia - 10.30.2011 - 4:44 PM
As a beginning art student, it was fascinating to see the expressiveness and sense of scene captured by a collection of a few precise tiny strokes. I can only hope to begin to learn how to become a better sketcher by trying to make every charcoal line count. Beautiful drawings. Thank you

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Kevin - 10.30.2011 - 4:32 PM