Catherine Scallen, chair of the department of art and art history at Case Western Reserve and a Rembrandt scholar, will give a lecture at 6 p.m. Thursday, “Collecting Rembrandt: Perils and Pleasures One Hundred Years Ago.”
The talk is in conjunction with the exhibition “Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London,” a collection of important European paintings amassed by Edward Cecil Guinness, Lord Iveagh, that has traveled the United States while the British government-owned Kenwood House undergoes renovation.
According to researched published this year by Paula Fogarty (who quotes extensively from Scallen’s work, “Rembrandt, Reputation, and the Practice of Connoisseurship”), the brewery owner collected 220 works in only five years, between 1887 and 1891, and another 18 between 1894 and 1908. Art dealers must have been beside themselves. Among the purchased works were 36 paintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 22 by George Romney, 15 Gainsboroughs and 32 Flemish and Netherlandish works, including the Rembrandt and a Vermeer, which, sadly, is not included in the exhibit at the Arts Center.
The talk ought to fascinating, and could be followed up by dinner, shopping and, of course, a look at the exhibition, since the Arts Center will remain open until 9 p.m.