Coming to virtual cinemas today, Wednesday, January 6:
Docs Against Gravity, Montclair, Vancouver, GlobeDocs, Docville, Cologne
Profiles of various owners – private and institutional – of works by the Old Master.
While still limited to the elite, there are surprisingly more private owners of Rembrandt paintings than one might expect. Filmmaker Oeke Hoogendijk introduces viewers to a handful in her somewhat shambolic art world exploration, such as the amiable Richard Scott, the 10th Duke of Buccleuch, who renovates his sitting room to serve as the perfect backdrop for his beloved Rembrandt, Old Woman Reading; Baron Eric de Rothschild, whose Paris home is crammed full of remarkable work, including Portrait of Marten Soolmans and Portrait of Oopjen Coppit, a pair of Rembrandts that are sought by both the Louvre and the Rijksmuseum; and art dealer Jan Six XI, the latest in a family of Rembrandt collectors. Others float in and out of Hoogendijk’s film, which unfortunately has too much of a loose, episodic structure for most of its running time before settling in for the final stretch around a controversy around Six’s discovery (and sale) of a hitherto unknown new work by the Old Master.