When charting the course of a great artist, it’s important to look at how it all began. In his 1936 British film, “Rembrandt,” director and producer Alexander Korda uses cinematic lighting to accurately evoke Rembrandt’s paintings to examine the last years of the baroque artist’s life. To coincide with two of Rembrandt’s earliest surviving paintings on view through December, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will show the movie, which features film icon Charles Laughton in the title role. Mitchell Merling, Paul Mellon curator and head of the department of European art, will give a short presentation on Rembrandt’s art and life prior to the film, which will be followed by audience discussion. “Rembrandt” screens at the Leslie Cheek Theater at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Friday, July 19, at 6:30 p.m. $5-$8. vmfa.museum.
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