ON-Lion Letter
Jan Lievens, a friend and rival of Rembrandt, was one of the most-fascinating and -enigmatic Dutch artists of the 17th Century.  Lievens was a daring and innovative painter, printmaker, and draftsman who created a wide range of memorable works, from religious and allegorical subjects to landscapes, head studies, and formal portraits.

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., opened a major exhibition of Lievens' work on October 26.  It continues there until January 11, 2009.  The exhibition will then travel to the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) from February 7 to April 26, 2009, and the Museum het Rembrandthuis in Amsterdam from May through August 2009.

Borrowing from collections in England, Europe, and America, the exhibition presents 55 paintings -- several of them newly discovered -- as well as about 30 prints and 50 drawings.  It provides a needed opportunity to reassess Lievens' career and artistic contributions.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports the exhibition and MAM.
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