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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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Simply outstanding. Excellent production and extremely well structured.

Peter Ireland Sat, 11/12/2021 - 12:59 Permalink

Excellent; with the wonderful cello accompaniment, adding depth to the quality of the spoken text.

John Holladay Sat, 11/12/2021 - 12:24 Permalink

Thank you, what a wonderful lecture from Zach.

Carol Caiger Sat, 11/12/2021 - 12:09 Permalink

I was emotionally touched by your talk Zack, you have shown here such a deep understanding and given us such a sensitive analysis of Rembrandt and his work already at such a young age - I wish you luck in what I’m sure will be a hugely successful and fulfilling career.

Valerie Aris Sat, 11/12/2021 - 12:09 Permalink

Eloquent, thought-provoking and heartfelt.

Mary Bradley Sat, 11/12/2021 - 11:51 Permalink

Such a wonderful lecture. Totally absorbing. Shall look forward to hearing more lectures from Zach.

Margaret Carsberg Sat, 11/12/2021 - 11:38 Permalink

Eloquent, informative, thought-provoking and promoting a more keen eye on Rembrandt's self-portraits. Watched it twice. Excellent Zak.

Diana Mair Sat, 11/12/2021 - 11:28 Permalink

To me this superb talk is about the essence of art, how it sets up a relationship between the painter and the viewer. Evoking for each viewer their own personal response and interpretation.

Jane Norrie Sat, 11/12/2021 - 11:23 Permalink

Wonderful to see such a young lecturer shine so brightly. Brilliant presentation thank you.

Anna Simonsen Sat, 11/12/2021 - 11:22 Permalink

Thank you so much. I was mesmerised (hope I have spelt that correctly) and humbled at the greatness of Rembrandt's genius which was so well presented.

Sue Bruce Sat, 11/12/2021 - 11:18 Permalink