Imaginary Museum

"This is how Rembrandt painted angels," Vincent van Gogh wrote to Emile Bernard in 1888. "He paints a self-portrait, old, toothless, wrinkled, wearing a cotton cap, a painting from life, in a mirror ... and, why or how I cannot tell ... Rembrandt paints a supernatural angel with a Da Vinci smile within that old man who resembles himself."

That description certainly fits the superb 1669 Rembrandt self-portrait, on loan from London's National Gallery, currently hanging beside Van Gogh's own 1888 Self-Portrait as an Artist. It is the centerpiece of "Vincent's Choice: The Musée Imaginaire...

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