In 2019, the world celebrated the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death. But a more important year is 1631, almost four centuries ago. That was the year the artist, still a young man, moved from his hometown of Leiden to Amsterdam, the business capital of the Netherlands. Rembrandt quickly became part of the city’s local art scene, and he worked there until 1669, when he died a poor man. Unlike other 17th-century masters, Rembrandt never went abroad. But the Dutch traveled the globe. Looking back at Turtle Island, and the contact there between its Indigenous peoples and Dutch settlers, “Creativity and Competition” explores the connection between Rembrandt, Canada, and the Netherlands. It is also Canada’s first Rembrandt exhibition since 1969. —E.C.
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