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Recreating Rembrandt

Recreating Rembrandt portraits

A fashion designer recreated a Rembrandt portrait by posing in front of the original painting.

Dame Zandra Rhodes, 74, sat for a photograph in front of Rembrandt van Rijn’s ‘Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet’ for a special preview of the National Gallery’s exhibition of the Dutch master, which opens tomorrow (OCT 15).

The original portrait, which is one of the paintings in the exhibition, was painted by Rembrandt in 1657. It depicts a wealthy lady from Amsterdam.

Exhibition curator Betsy Wieseman said: “Even three-and-a-half centuries after his death, Rembrandt continues to astonish and amaze.

“His technical inventions, and his profound insight into human emotions, are as fresh and relevant today as they were in the seventeenth century.”

The exhibition, called Rembrandt: The Late Works, runs from October 15th 2014 to January 18th 2015.

Dame Zandra Rhodes, who has designed clothes for Princess Diana and Freddie Mercury, will sit for a Rembrandt-style photographic portrait by star photographer Rankin for a BBC documentary accompanying the exhibition.

The film, Rankin Shoots Rembrandt, will see British photographer Rankin reimagining some of Rembrandt’s work with the help of Terry Gilliam, Ken Loach, Zandra Rhodes and Una Stubbs who will all sit for the portraits.

The show airs on BBC2 on October 18th.

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