FLINT — The Flint Institute of Arts is holding its first Sheppy Dog Fund Lecture with Rembrandt’s Images of Jesus & the Jewish Community of Amsterdam, presented by guest lecturer Dr. Shelley Perlove, professor of Art History at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, on Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. in the FIA Theater, the lecture is open to the public, free of charge.
Rembrandt’s Amsterdam was a city of religious toleration, where Jews who fled religious persecution in Iberia and Eastern Europe were able to escape from the violence of the Inquisition and mob attacks. Living in a Jewish neighborhood from 1639-58, Rembrandt clearly demonstrated a fascination for Jewish rituals and dress, and even attempted a faithful reconstruction of the Jerusalem Temple in his art.
Rembrandt’s Images of Jesus & the Jewish Community of Amsterdam investigates the various ways Rembrandt’s proximity to contemporary Jews inspired his brilliant interpretations of events from the life of Jesus, as well as his deeply moving images of Jews, and especially the face of Jesus.
Dr. Shelley Perlove is a professor of art history at the University of Michigan- Dearborn. She is the author of two monographs: Bernini and the Idealization of Death, and more recently with Larry Silver, Rembrandt’s Faith. Church and Temple in the Dutch Golden Age, both published by Penn State University Press. In addition, Dr. Perlove has written more than 25 published essays on Italian, Dutch and Flemish art and was invited to participate in an international symposium of experts on Rembrandt, sponsored by Queen’s University at Herstmonceux Castle, England.
Dr. Perlove holds a Ph.D. History of Art from the University of Michigan, M.A. Art History and Museum Theory and Practice from Wayne State University, and B.A. Art History from New York University.
The Sheppy Dog Fund Lecture has been established to address the topics of art, religion and history prior to the 19th century.
The Flint Institute of Arts is located just two blocks off I-475 in the Flint Cultural Center between the University of Michigan- Flint and Mott Community College. Museum hours are Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 12-5 p.m.; Thursday 12-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Admission is free for this lecture. — G.G.