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New Rijksmuseum exhibition showcases Renaissance portraits
There is a gathering at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum of people from around Europe depicted in more than 100 Renaissance portraits as COVID-19 lockdowns ease and borders reopen.
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AMSTERDAM – As COVID-19 lockdowns ease and borders reopen, there is a gathering at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum of people from around Europe, depicted in more than 100 Renaissance portraits.
The Dutch national museum's new exhibition “Remember Me,” covers the century 1470-1570 and features portraits from across the continent by masters including Albrecht Duerer, Hans Holbein and Titian that underscore humanity's enduring desire to be remembered.
It also shows the lengths artists went to to portray people, their wealth, jobs, power and love for one another.
While the exhibition has been in the works since before the global pandemic swept the world last year, the wish to be remembered is something that felt more pressing than ever amid lockdowns, said the museum's general director Taco Dibbits.
“We now felt with the corona crisis that people were so far away they couldn’t come to you. You couldn’t travel,” Dibbits said Tuesday. ”That was always the case in the Renaissance, when it was far harder to travel and ... there was this great longing to have the person with you. I think something that we felt over the last one-and-a-half years.”