17 May - 9 August 2009 "A Child Prodigy's Career" is the title of this exhibition of Jan Lievens (1607-1674) at The Rembrandt House Museum. Lievens happened to be not only a contemporary and friend of Rembrandt, he later proved to be his rival. As an artist he gained critical acclaim from an early age and went on to have a glittering career in the artworld. Both a portrait and historical painter, Lievens received commissions from all over Europe and lived in London for a time before returning to Antwerp for the last 30 years of his life. Organised in conjunction with The National Gallery in Washington, The Milwaukee Museum of Fine Art and featuring loans from several major international museums, this exhibition provides a comprehensive collection of the artist's paintings as well as an insight into his life.
Image: Jan Lievens, Bearded Man with a Beret, c. 1630