Rembrandt self portrait

Rembrandt: An Artist & His World

Fall/Winter 2018 Course

This four-session course will explore the life and career of Rembrandt van Rijn within the context of the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age. Explore in depth Rembrandt's experimental artistic approaches and range of subjects he depicted, his place among his artistic contemporaries, and how the exhibition was developed.

$75 members/$85 nonmembers for full four-session course. (Please note: The course is held in Sharp Auditorium. The exhibition is included with general admission ticket, which is sold separately.)

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  • Saturdays, October 13 & 20, November 10, December 15, 2018
  • 2:30–4 pm
  • Sharp Auditorium (Hamilton Building, Lower Level)


October 13: Rembrandt & Dutch History in the Golden Age

Rebecca Tucker, Ph.D., professor of art, Colorado College & Museum Director, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

The Netherlands in the 17th century was a global superpower: fueled by international trade and economic innovation, this small republic built unheard-of wealth for its citizens and nurtured developments in literature, science, and the arts. Learn about the life of Rembrandt van Rijn, a famously independent and self-assured painter and printmaker, within the artistic, historical, political, and economic context of the Dutch “Golden Age.” Through close examination of a selection of paintings and etchings in Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker, we’ll learn more about the artist’s career, ambitions, and practices, and discover why both the artist and his art remain compelling today.

October 20: Rembrandt among His Peers

Molly Medakovich, Ph.D., art historian & Denver Art Museum teaching specialist

Jouderville, Van Diest, Van Goyen. Not exactly household names? Get to know some of Rembrandt's fellow Dutch painter-printmakers from the Denver Art Museum's collection and beyond. We'll continue to plumb the themes and hallmark visual characteristics of Dutch Golden Age art, exploring artists' meditations on morality, the material world, nature, history, and humanity during this dynamic period of art and history. Walk away with a sense of the richness and variety of 17th-century painting and printmaking and a deeper understanding of what set Rembrandt apart from his contemporaries.

November 10: Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker: How an Idea Becomes an Exhibition

Timothy J. Standring, Ph.D., Gates Family Foundation Curator, Denver Art Museum

With wit, charm, and insight, Timothy Standring will discuss how Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker came into being. With his intimate behind-the-scenes remarks, you’ll understand the choreography, thinking, plotting, and diplomacy involved to produce a world-class exhibition shown exclusively at the Denver Art Museum. You’ll learn that the tools for organizing an exhibition entails more than just a few graduate degrees and a Brooks Brother’s suit. And you’ll learn much about this keen observer of the human condition, who produced paintings, drawings, and original prints covering a Shakespearean universe of subjects drawn from the world around him. Over Rembrandt’s four-decades-long career, he drew inspiration from the classical past, religious texts, genre, opera, and theatre for his original prints, all subjects that Standring and his team made sure were in this exhibition.

December 15: Why Him? Rembrandt's Enduring Fame & Lasting Legacy

Molly Medakovich, Ph.D., art historian & Denver Art Museum teaching specialist

How and why did an artist like Rembrandt van Rijn make such an indelible mark on art, history, and the popular imagination? Building on previous course sessions, we'll further explore the conditions surrounding Rembrandt's rise to fame, the ways his numerous and psychologically gripping self-portraits have shaped our understanding of him, 18th- and 19th-century revivals, and reinventions of his work, and modern-day characterizations of the man and the legend in biography and film. Revel in this long love affair with Rembrandt, whose intrigue has endured for over 400 years in many shapes and forms.


Rebecca Tucker

Rebecca Tucker

Rebecca Tucker is professor of art at Colorado College and Museum Director at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Professor Tucker earned her PhD at New York University, where she specialized in art history in the early modern period in northern Europe; she teaches courses in those areas as well as museum studies at CC. Rebecca has published in journals such as Art History, Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek, and The Seventeenth Century and written books for general audiences on art history, symbolism, and Leonardo da Vinci. A member of the Colorado College faculty in 2003, Professor Tucker served as Director of the Crown Center for Faculty Development in 2015-16 and is currently engaged with directing the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Museum as part of the exciting alliance between the FAC and CC.

Molly Medakovich, teaching specialist for adult programs at the Denver Art Museum

Molly Medakovich

Molly Medakovich has worked as an educator in the DAM’s learning and engagement department since 2012. Currently a teaching specialist for adult programs, her focus is on adult and college audiences and lifelong learning. You can find her in the galleries leading a monthly Mindful Looking session, lecturing on European and American art in exhibition-related courses, or developing a wide variety of adult programs behind the scenes. She earned her Ph.D. in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European art history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and, in addition to her work at the DAM, teaches art history courses at the University of Denver and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. 

Timothy Standring in front of a Rembrandt print

Timothy J. Standring

Timothy J. Standring, the Gates Family Foundation Curator at the Denver Art Museum, has curated 18 exhibitions since 1989. Standring has published widely in many scholarly journals including the Burlington Magazine, the Print Quarterly, Artibus et Historiae, Renaissance Quarterly, Master Drawings and Apollo. His writings reflect his broad interests that include 17th-century Roman patrons, monographic studies on European artists, British watercolor sketching, Poussin’s early works, Van Gogh’s drawings, contemporary artists such as Daniel Sprick, T. Allen Lawson, Scott Fraser, the works of Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, Degas’ monotypes, and now Rembrandt’s prints.