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This year marks the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s birth, and there are numerous exhibitions in the Netherlands to celebrate this milestone.  The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam holds the world’s largest collection of works by the Dutch master and they are currently showing All the Rembrandts, offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to gain unparalleled perspective into his life.   On show are 22 paintings, 60 drawings and more than 300 examples of his prints, many of which are very fragile and rarely shown.  Don’t miss his Self-Portrait as the Apostle Paul (1661), Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem (1630) or The Three Crosses (1653).  On show until 10 June 2019.

If you find yourself ‘on the other side of the pond’, the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco is currently showing Monet: The Early Years, the first major U.S. exhibition devoted to the early phase of the artist’s career.  Nearly 60 paintings follow Monet’s development during the formative years of 1858-1872 when he developed his unique visual language and the techniques that went on to make him one of the most famous artists in the world.  On show until 29 May 2019.

Meanwhile at the Royal Academy in London, The Renaissance Nude explores the emergence of the nude as a prominent theme in Western art.  With works by artists including Titian, Bronzino, Leonardo, Cranach and Michelangelo, the exhibition traces the scope of the development of this genre and argues that important contributions to the establishment of the nude as a pivotal subject of European art can be found across the continent.  On show until 2 June 2019.

And for a final recommendation we suggest Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light at the National Gallery, the first UK exhibition of the Spanish Impressionist’s work in over a century.  Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923) is known for his sunny beach scenes, vivid seascapes, garden views all bursting with his signature ability for depicting the bright and warm light of his homeland.  On show until 7th July.