These Things Are Immortal. The Wanderings of Rembrandt’s Polish Rider
(Gerdien Verschoor) The Low Countries - 2018, № 26, pp. 88-97
You might wonder as you stand in the richly filled galleries of the Frick Collection and look at Rembrandt’s The Polish Rider: that lady in the sunglasses, that tourist with the camera on his stomach, that whining child – are they all looking at the same painting? Are they seeing the same rider, the same horse, the same red of the trousers? Do they see the same bit in the animal’s mouth, the same hand clasping the hammer? Do they see that same hammer and the same landscape, half washed away? Do they see the same exotic hat, the same buttons on the cream-coloured żupan, the same heel of the boot? And what of the Dutch connoisseur, the Polish king, the American industrialist? Did they too see, in places that no longer exist, these same immortal things?
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