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Jesus on canvas

Courtesy Detroit Institute of Art

A new traveling art exhibit will explore the religious paintings of one of the most famous artists of the 17th century.

Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus features works from the Detroit Institute of Art, the Louvre and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The exhibit brings together for the first time many of Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn’s finest paintings, prints and drawings that portray Jesus and events described in the Bible. Approximately 60 small, intimate paintings, prints and drawings by Rembrandt and his students reveal how Rembrandt broke from traditional 17th-century representations of Jesus.

The small, intimate works cover every phase of Rembrandt’s artistic exploration of the subject, from rapid sketches that were ideas for future pictures to a masterpiece from the Louvre never before shown in the United States. In addition to the organizing venues, works come from more than 43 lenders, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., The Metropolitan Museum in New York, the British Museum, and the National Gallery in London.

Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus will be on view at the Louvre in Paris from April 18 to July 18, and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from July 30 to Oct. 30. The exhibition will then continue to the Detroit Institute of Art, where it will run from Nov. 20 to Feb. 12, 2012.