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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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Absolutely mesmerising . I shall look anew at his portraits hopefully very soon in Amsterdam .

Anita Sun, 12/12/2021 - 08:24 Permalink

What an inspirational speaker is Zachary Taylor . If there ever was a beacon of light drawing in a younger audience for TAS then he is it! Well done .

Anne Harris Sun, 12/12/2021 - 08:09 Permalink


Corinna Holden Sat, 11/12/2021 - 21:39 Permalink

I found this talk mesmerising
Thank you

Pauline Cutler Sat, 11/12/2021 - 21:05 Permalink

The best talk so far in what is a marvellous series. Thank you

Linda Quinlan Sat, 11/12/2021 - 19:57 Permalink

Thank you Zach. Very well observed and articulated.

Alys Sat, 11/12/2021 - 18:41 Permalink

For me too, the best talk so far in this excellent series. Zach's passion for his subject is compelling and his delivery totally engaging, a real treat.

Anna Sat, 11/12/2021 - 18:37 Permalink

Very interesting lecture taking a new (for me) approach to Rembrandt's art.

Anneliese Lindner Sat, 11/12/2021 - 18:30 Permalink

An outstanding presentation in every respect. I hope Zach will one day lecture to our Society

Gill Bromley Sat, 11/12/2021 - 17:45 Permalink

Captivating! I watched the lecture through twice, to see the details of the paintings close up on the screen while Zach gave such amazing insight. Best ArtVent so far!

Patricia Hindley Sat, 11/12/2021 - 17:45 Permalink