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Facing the Darkness

We love this talk about Rembrandt: Facing the Darkness which is part of the wonderful series of HENI Talks, presented by Zach Taylor.

Zach won the ARTiculation Prize 2019 for his heartfelt and intelligent discussion of Rembrandt’s self-portraits, an adaption of which was filmed by HENI Talks at the National Gallery. Zach explores how through facing the darkness in his personal life, Rembrandt brings his viewers into the light. With his mastery of chiaroscuro and references to the great artists of the past, he positioned himself as a master of a new age: confident in his talents yet honest about the effects of painful life experiences.

ARTiculation is the Roche Court Educational Trust’s acclaimed initiative which champions students, aged between 16 – 19 regardless of background and experience. It provides a platform for students to develop their confidence and ability to express their opinions, thoughts and ideas, through the arts and public speaking.

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Yes it's true: Carl Jung urges us to recognise the critical relationship between the light and darkness in all of us. By gathering the understanding we gain, we break through the bars of self-deception. Not easy concepts and much easier to close and set aside the book. Your awesome and insightful presentation will, I'm sure, enter the soul; and no way will this generous gift ever be folded and forgotten. Thank you.

Holly Petrie Sun, 26/12/2021 - 18:37 Permalink

Zachary has, I think, a big future ahead of him, so assured and relaxed in his delivery on Rembrandt. It is always a pleasure to enjoy his magnificent body of work and the film was excellent

Thank you

Nigel Tue, 21/12/2021 - 10:31 Permalink

Fascinating. I'll look into further HENI talks - if they are as good as this one they'll be illuminating.

louise Sun, 19/12/2021 - 16:12 Permalink

Fascinating and clearly well-researched

Jenny Hill Fri, 17/12/2021 - 09:34 Permalink

Thank you for an exceptional lecture with your personal insight on art, artist, light and dark. With all good wishes in your future career, hopefully as a communicator for which you show great promise.

Jessica Wolff Mon, 13/12/2021 - 17:15 Permalink

What a proficient talk! This has to be the best talk I have heard on Rembrandt’s use of light. Zachary has obviously a brilliant future ahead of him.

Cheryl Mendham Mon, 13/12/2021 - 13:48 Permalink

We’ll done Zach. A heartfelt insight into Rembrandts life and humanity.

Jo Robinson Sun, 12/12/2021 - 21:13 Permalink

Thank you, Zach, an inspiring lecture - you have a wonderful future ahead!

Judi Fendley Sun, 12/12/2021 - 19:52 Permalink

What a gem - excellent presenter and really fascinating talk -thank you for this lovely initiative.

Julie Ruffles Sun, 12/12/2021 - 18:20 Permalink

What a polished and professional presentation by such a young man. Hopefully he will go far.

Jenny Gates Sun, 12/12/2021 - 09:30 Permalink