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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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Thank you Zach for such an inspirational, heartfelt presentation.......... I think you automatically " brought light" to us

Moira Mears Sat, 11/12/2021 - 10:57 Permalink

Very illuminating and heartfelt talk. Thank you so much.

Jenny Hill Sat, 11/12/2021 - 10:47 Permalink

Brilliantly presented and what wonderful slides of the paintings.
Thank you Zach - you will go far.

Patricia Pledg… Sat, 11/12/2021 - 10:45 Permalink

Outstanding delivery and fascinating content.

Jackie Sat, 11/12/2021 - 10:40 Permalink

What an inspiring and assured presentation.

Susanne Earl Sat, 11/12/2021 - 10:39 Permalink

A truly beautiful presentation on this most remarkable artist whose soul is shown laid bare in his portraiture. Thank you Zach.

Diana Sat, 11/12/2021 - 10:30 Permalink

Wonderful talk, thank you

Mary Todd Sat, 11/12/2021 - 10:23 Permalink

An inspired, thoughtful and provocative presentation. Coming to terms with our inner darkness is never easy.

Janet Sat, 11/12/2021 - 10:12 Permalink

A very powerful and brilliantly expressed talk.

Jane Wilkshire Sat, 11/12/2021 - 10:02 Permalink

Thank you Zach for the most informative and heartfelt
lecture on the wonderful Rembrandt Van Rijn. The honesty and truth of his portraits is humbling, he was an absolute
genius. Thank you for an excellent lecture.

Sheila Eley.

Anonymous Sat, 11/12/2021 - 09:55 Permalink