Title

Rembrandt’s Dr. Tulp: A Summoning for Accountability

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Description/Abstract

Through formal decisions in The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, Rembrandt is able to show to the viewer his stance on the morality of dissecting an executed criminal, as well as insert an inquisition of the viewership. Clear theatrics are employed to bring the viewer into the staged lesson, but to also compel them as active participants. By inserting his opinion of the anatomy lesson into his work, giving the viewer a near omniscient role, as well as painting a guild member as if he is staring out upon the viewer, Rembrandt brings the viewership into this moral debate.

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Mentor: Dr. Anne H. Muraoka

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Room 1306

Start Date

18-2-2017 9:00 AM

End Date

18-2-2017 10:00 AM

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Rembrandt’s Dr. Tulp: A Summoning for Accountability

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Room 1306

Through formal decisions in The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, Rembrandt is able to show to the viewer his stance on the morality of dissecting an executed criminal, as well as insert an inquisition of the viewership. Clear theatrics are employed to bring the viewer into the staged lesson, but to also compel them as active participants. By inserting his opinion of the anatomy lesson into his work, giving the viewer a near omniscient role, as well as painting a guild member as if he is staring out upon the viewer, Rembrandt brings the viewership into this moral debate.